The McNess Man

The McNess Man was a known part of the American lexicon. In fact, you will find the “McNess Man” listed in the Dictionary of American Regional English as “a man who goes from town to town selling things.” And of course over the years, the sales team became more gender equal as women joined the ranks.

The original McNess Man could have easily travelled by horse and buggy. But it probably didn’t take long before they were all motor powered. Take a peak at a brochure that helped salesmen customize their wagons or automobiles with the ability to carry the McNess products.

Early advertisements in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazine sought out a “man with car to run store on wheels”.

Photos of the “McNess Man”

The F.W. McNess website is provided entirely to share interesting, historical information. Traditional McNess home products are still available today, visit to learn more.