In the cosy living room of Mrs. Rosamond L. Wright's home in Springfield, Mass, one evening last week, ten women gathered for a special kind of party. On a card table was a variety of household articles made and marketed by Stanley Home Products, Inc. The women were there to be sold; there to sell them was matronly Mrs. Mabel Hayden, one of Stanley's crack dealers, who had persuaded Mrs. Wright to turn over her house for the occasion.

Dealer Hayden demonstrated a Stanley bath brush, a man's curved hair brush ("if your husband can use it, it proves he hasn't a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!