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But Wait! Here's More About the Popeils and Ronco!

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But Wait! Here's More About the Popeils and Ronco!

But Wait! Here's More About the Popeils and Ronco!

But Wait! Here's More About the Popeils and Ronco!

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Who can forget the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic or the Smokeless Ashtray? A new book, But Wait! There's More! tells the story of how the Popeil Brothers and Ronco brought their gadgets into millions of American homes through the power of television — and good old-fashioned salesmanship. View some of their amazing commercials — and a spoof that boosted their sales even more.

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