was a door-to-door salesman who paid attention
when would-be customers told him that the sample
brushes in his case were poorly assembled and
wrongly shaped for the tasks at hand. When his
boss refused to improve the brushes, Fuller began
making his own, and the Fuller Brush man soon
became an icon.
began his business career selling European-made
picture postcards wholesale. A fire that
destroyed his inventory led to the purchase of an
engraving firm, which in turn led to the
production of Hall-designed postcards and
greeting cards, which led to the creation of
turned a pie mixture into a soft drink
concentrate he called "root beer." That
concentrate was introduced to the nation at the
1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, and
Hires Root Beer became the first commercially
produced root beer in America.
co-developed the process for producing flaked
cereals in 1894. Originally sold only to patients
at a sanitarium, the cereals became so popular
that he formed the Battle Creek Toasted Corn
Flakes Company in 1906, and that company became
the Kellogg Company in 1922.
was created by Frederick and Louis Rueckheim in
1872, but did not get its name until being sold
at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Cracker Jack
prizes were introduced in 1912, and mascots
"Sailor Jack and Bingo" first appeared
was invented by former real estate mogul A.A.
Hyde in Wichita, Kansas, in 1894. An instant
success locally,, the medicinal ointment enjoyed
nationwide popularity by 1903, and had become a
worlwide product by 1913.
The Pet Rock
was created by an unemployed advertising
executive in 1975 after a bar conversation
centered on the hassle and expense of keeping and
training pets. The fad only lasted a few months,
but it made its creator a millionaire.
began with an investment interest in the Eskimo
Pie which led to the opening of the first Mrs.
Stover's Bungalow Candies store in 1923. By
mid-1940s Russell Stover Candies was a
multi-million dollar enterprise. Today it is the
largest producer of hand-dipped chocolates in the