We Knew Dad Fuller

FootinDoorAmazonYou may know Alfred C. Fuller as the founder of the Fuller Brush Company and the original Fuller Brush man. Those who lived in Hartford, CT, and had the fortune to work for his company, knew him as Dad Fuller.

My father, Ralph Donofrio, had many family members who worked there beginning with his own father Vincent (Jimmie) Donofrio. Jimmie worked for the company in the 1930s which early on was called The Capital Brush Co. when it was located at Union Place/Church Street near the bus depot in Hartford.

Years later after the brick Fuller Brush building shown above was open, my father’s brothers and sisters, and an uncle or two all worked there. It was at this building at 3580 Main Street where my father and mother met working in the production brush department.

Although their meeting was a miracle in my own life, the reason why Dad Fuller built his brush business in Hartford, CT, is a greater miracle. At the front of the Bible Alfred Fuller’s mother gave him when he left Nova Scotia, he noticed that it had been published in Hartford, CT. When picking a place to open a brush manufacturing and sales business, he chose that city.

Dad Fuller was a generous man to whom my family and many others including Billy Graham (a former salesman), owe much gratitude…for financial help and in my case, even my existence. His nephew, Harvey Fuller, also presented me with a scholarship to college in 1962.

Listen to Ralph Donofrio talking of his experiences with the Fuller Brush Company:

  • Family and Fuller Brush
  • Brush Making

Autobiography of Alfred C. Fuller’s life, A Foot in the Door, is available from Amazon used only


My Books on the Shelf

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Sea shore

We walked out of the small conference room where my interview for a technical writer position just concluded. The interviewer lead me back past several cubicles. He pointed to one that was empty and said that would be mine, if I was hired for the job.

Not exactly sure of how the interview had gone, I was surprised at his casual remark. Glancing toward that cubicle, what I saw was even more surprising.  On the overhead shelf I caught the briefest glimpse of my own thesaurus, dictionary and English Simplified standing upright.

Knowing at that moment the job would be mine, little did I realize that the vision was guiding me to a career in technical writing that would last for over 20 years.

CT, 1987
Guidance, Vision