Front cover from Ebony magazine, October 1946

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Published by
Johnson Publishing Company, American, founded 1942
Subject of
Washington, Kenneth S., American, 1918 - 1971
Murray's Worldwide, Inc., American, founded 1925
ink on paper
H x W: 13 3/16 × 10 in. (33.5 × 25.4 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
October 1946
The front cover page from Ebony magazine, October 1946 edition. The front features a photographic depiction of a football player, Kenny Washington, wearing a 1946 Los Angeles Rams uniform. The uniform includes a blue jersey with number [46] stitched in yellow numbers on the front, a yellow football helmet, and white pants. Washington is facing the viewer, looking into the distance to the right of the image, holding a football in his proper right hand, while his proper left arm is extended forward. Behind Washington, a clear blue sky and stadium seats are visible in the background. There is a red banner on the left side of the top third of the cover with the masthead at top that reads [EBONY] in white block lettering. The main cover line is a red banner in the lower right corner of the cover that reads [Negroes Come Back to Pro Football] in white block lettering. In the bottom right corner is the date and price on the magazine in white text that reads [OCTOBER 1946 25c]. At the top of the front cover is a handwritten inscription in black ink that reads {Reference Copy Do not circulate] with the last three words double underlined. In the [B] of [EBONY] are the roman numerals [I – II] handwritten in pencil. In the top right corner is a red stamp that reads [LINCOLN]. The back side of the page features a full length advertisement for hair pomade with a color photographic image of a woman with long hair decorated with three (3) white flowers on the proper right side of her face, a patter strapless top, holding on to a bamboo stalk against a green background. The image is tilted diagonally and is set against a red and grey scalloped background with black, white, yellow and red text in varying fonts that reads [For Natural / Beauty / MURRAY’S / Pomade / Hair-glo / Ask your Druggist]. In the bottom right corner of the as are photographic depictions of a yellow tin of Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade and a glass jar of Murray’s Hair-Glo.
African American
Mass media
United States--History--1933-1945
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Damion Thomas
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Johnson Publishing Company Inc. Permission required for use.
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