[BUSINESS]. TURNBO-MALONE, Annie M. Pope (1870-1957). "Poro" in Pictures: With a Short History of its Development. St. Louis: Poro College, 1926.

Oblong 8vo (229 x 51 mm). Profusely illustrated. Original illustrated wrappers (split at joint, toned, with some chipping). 

FIRST EDITION. Annie Pope Turnbo-Malone was an enterprising businesswoman and philanthropist becoming one of the first black millionaires. At a young age, she developed her own concoctions and formulas designed for Black hair. In 1900, she began to manufacture her “Wonderful Hair Grower” and in 1917, she began the construction of Poro College which expanded her manufacturing facilities but also contained the first American school of Black cosmetology. The business employed over 175 people, including a commission agent named Sarah Breedlove, later known as Madam C.J. Walker, before she left to found her own rival manufacturing company. This booklet with illustrations of the elegant and well-appointed Poro College was printed at the height of her St. Louis business, one year before a contentious divorce which prompted a move to Chicago. RARE: OCLC locates only 7 copies.

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