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Johnson Products Company  Search this
Physical Description:
cardboard (packaging material)
plastic (container material)
overall, box: 4 in x 4 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 11.7475 cm x 8.89 cm
overall, other components, as stored outside of box: 4 in x 5 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 13.335 cm x 16.51 cm
Object Name:
hair care product
hair relaxer
hair dressing
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Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Associated place:
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Date made:
late 1960s
With a $250 dollar loan, George and Joan Johnson founded Johnson Products Co. Inc. in 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. The company produced hair-care products for African American men and women. Produced in the late 1960s, Afro-Sheen was one of Johnson's best-known products during a time when the natural "afro" became a popular hairstyle for African Americans. In 1971 Johnson became the first black company to sponsor a nationally syndicated television program "Soul Train" and the first African American owned company to trade on the American Stock Exchange.
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
Beauty and Health
Data Source:
National Museum of American History