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Distributed by:
Poro System, American, 1902 - 1951  Search this
Printed by:
St. Louis Embossing Inc., American  Search this
Subject of:
Poro College, American, 1918 - 1950s  Search this
Owned by:
Lucille Brown, American, 1892 - 1960  Search this
ink on cardboard
H x W: 10 7/16 × 13 9/16 × 1/8 in. (26.5 × 34.4 × 0.3 cm)
Place made:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1925
A cardboard sign advertising Annie Malone’s “Poro” System agency. The advertisement is red, white, blue, and yellow. The product name is centered at the top of the sign in a blue rectangular field with white text outlined in light blue that reads, [“PORO” / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.]. Below is a rectangular field bordered in a blue and green floral motif. The field itself is dominated by a red and white vertical striped banner outlined in gold and blue, resembling an American flag bunting. At the top of the banner is a light blue oval with decorative flourishes. In the center of the oval is dark blue text in varying fonts that read, [For / HAIR AND SKIN]. At the bottom of the banner is a yellow rectangular box with dark blue text that reads, [AGENCY]. There are two holes punched along the top, middle edge for hanging the sign. On the bottom left corner of the sign is blue text that reads [This sign remains the property of / PORO COLLEGE, ST. LOUIS, MO.]. The embosser’s mark is on the bottom right corner. There is an inscription in pencil on the back of the sign.
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Beauty schools  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
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture