Fuller Brush man

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Fuller Brush man

A door-to-door salesman. (In the early 20th century, the Fuller Brush Company was well-known for its door-to-door sales tactics.) Who's that banging on my door? Ugh, I hope it's not a Fuller Brush man.
See also: brush, man

Fuller Brush man

Door-to-door salesman. The Fuller Brush Company, founded in 1906, employed salesmen who went from house to house selling a variety of brushes, including a hairbrush that carried a lifetime guarantee. Among the company's accomplishments was making selling door-to-door an acceptable and profitable technique, one that was used (as long as local ordinances allowed) by sellers of encyclopedias, cosmetics, insurance, Girl Scout cookies, and other goods and services. Through much of the first half of the 20th century, visitors would ring a friend's or neighbor's doorbell and then answer the query, “Who's there?” with “It's the Fuller Brush man!”
See also: brush, man
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