Is this the world’s first TV infomercial?

I saw a suggested LI connection that claimed that he was the inventor of the infomercial so I thought I’d consult with Mr. Google to see if that was the case. What turned up was this wonderful infomercial for Vitamix from 1949.
This guy, “Papa Barnard” is not only a compelling speaker and sales person, but his take on how to eat probably resonates even more today. The way he tried to blame the Mom for everything might resonate a bit less…

Even better, under the fabulous post from Erin Blackmore, there was a comment from a person who said this guy was her Grandpa.


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