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Advertisement for the Poro System Scalp and Hair Treatment

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Distributed by:
Poro System, American, 1902 - 1951  Search this
Subject of:
Annie Malone, American, 1869 - 1957  Search this
ink on cardboard with string
H x W: 10 11/16 × 13 7/8 in. (27.2 × 35.2 cm)
Place printed:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
after 1917
A cardboard sign advertising the “Poro” System Scalp and Hair Treatment developed by Annie Malone. The advertisement is white with a gold border. The product name is centered towards the top of the sign in green text that reads, [“TRADE / PORO / MARK” / SYSTEM] in green ink with the words [TRADE] and [MARK] printed vertically to bookend the word [PORO]. Below is green and yellow text in varying fonts, that read, [SCALP AND HAIR TREATMENT / 1st TREATMENT INCLUDING / 1 BOX “PORO’ HAIR GROWER .… $1.50 / FOLLOWING TREATMENTS GIVEN / Every 2 Weeks …. $1.00 / [ditto mark] 3 [ditto mark] …. 1.00 / More than 4 Weeks …. 1.00 / “PORO” HAIR GROWER / PER / BOX / .50 / AGENTS WORKING FOR LESS WILL NOT BE SUPPLIED / Mrs. Ann Pope Turnbo Malone / Poro Corner St. Louis, MO.]. To the left of the text are two graphics of a glass bottle filled with a yellow solution and a tin. The illustrated labels on the bottle and tin identify them as “Poro” Hair Grower products. There are two holes punched along the top, middle edge of the sign and a piece of string has been threaded through and knotted into a loop for hanging the sign. There is an inscription in pencil on the back of the sign.
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
American West  Search this
Business  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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