And I think at that time, Tupperware was doing so well, that you didn't really want to rock the boat. When you got to your motel at the end of the day you would put your underclothes that needed to be washed into one end of this tubular thing, and you would then put some water and soap in it. Earnest Tupper loved to tinker, developing labor-saving devices for the farm and family greehouses; one of his devices, a frame to faciliate the cleaning of chickens, was granted a patent. Narrator: Tupperware, a company built by women, was ultimately run by men. Then you'll stand in front of this mirror and you'll start your spiel.
Still an Inventor Tupper continued to invent gadgets and other devices, but none of his new inventions took off. No one knew what would happen next. Tupper asked DuPont for some pure polyethylene pellets instead. Gary McDonald and Hamer Wilson, Brownie's former chief lieutenants, were now in charge. In 1936, Tupper met Bernard Doyle, the inventor of Viscoloid, the plastics manufacturing division of DuPont, located in nearby Leominster, Mass. She was the queen, you know.
Jean Conlogue, Stanley Home Products salesperson and Tupperware distributor: They say you should never believe your own press notices? They were selling to people with the same needs, same budget, alright, that they have. He would use this method years later in the form of the Tupperware party. Lavon Weber, Tupperware salesperson and distributor: All this was really uptown. Tupper tinkered with his molding machines for months. This has generated much love for the brand.
In fact, he earned a patent for a frame used to dress chickens for sale. Charles McBurney, Tupperware staff: After even some time, Brownie really never felt the exhilaration of the business, and never really displayed it again. If so, and it sounds that way, I'm surprised at you. It's a Tupperware party, and it's really fun. Tupper also designed injectionmolding machines to make shaped objects out of his new plastic, and subsequently developed his famous, patented, air-tight lid. Like you're in a, you know, wonderland or something.
She could type a mile a minute. Tupperware continues to grow, today selling in more than 100 countries worldwide! Invented by Earl Tupper in the 1940s to promote thrift and cleanliness, the pastel plasticwares were touted as essential to a postwar lifestyle that emphasized casual entertaining and celebrated America's material abundance. I think leavin' Tupperware the way that she did had an effect on her life. She was not the trailblazer that you would think, inasmuch as it was not an all-girl band here. Pieces in demand include a complete set of nesting bowls from the 1940s to the 1960s as well as 1960s sculptural salt and pepper shakers.
By 1946, Tupper was marketing his home products, which now came in a range of bright colors: cases for cigarettes, tumblers for the bathroom, and containers for leftovers. Then, in 1948, Tupper discovered that two Stanley Home Products sales representatives were selling a great deal of his products. Anna Tate, Stanley Home Products salesperson and Tupperware distributor: But I thought she had retired wealthy. Brownie Wise: Perhaps there is someone in your own family. And I can remember the year that I was at a seminar and I was valedictorian, and I had to leave the last line off my speech -- I was about to cry.
She baptized Poly Pond with polyethylene pellets, showed her dealers how to place their wishes in two-ounce Tupperware containers, then toss them in the wishing well. We just went out on a wing and a prayer. Plastic products had a reputation for being brittle, greasy, smelly, and generally unreliable. Anyone that cute has no right to be so smart. Earl split his company in two, with Brownie heading up the sales operation, called Tupperware Home Parties. Narrator: Women who'd worked in factories were now Tupperware ladies, dressed in white gloves and hats. Plastics was still in its infancy in the forties, and the commercial market for plastics product was limited by plastic's reputation for being brittle, greasy, smelly and generally unreliable.
From 1928 through the early 1930s, Tupper Tree Doctors ran a fairly successful landscaping and nursery business, until the Great Depression took its toll, forcing the company into bankruptcy in 1936. The result was Tupperware Home Parties, which is still the exclusive distributor of Tupperware®. Anne Fortier Novak, Secretary to Brownie and Earl: And so she worked late, and Mr. Enterprising Boy Born in 1907 in New Hampshire, Tupper moved many times in his youth, growing up on farms in central Massachusetts. There wasn't anything like it. Mary Siriani, Tupperware salesperson and distributor: Some foods, yes. Earl Tupper was lucky to get a job in one of the plastics factories in Leominster, Massachusetts.