Johnson's Afro Sheen Blowout Kit for the Natural


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.

Date Made: late 1960s

Maker: Johnson Products Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, ChicagoAssociated Place: United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: The Fournet Drugstore Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0475.243Catalog Number: 1985.0475.243Accession Number: 1985.0475

Object Name: hair care producthair relaxerhair dressingObject Type: Cosmetics

Physical Description: cardboard (packaging material)plastic (container material)Measurements: overall, box: 4 in x 4 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 11.7475 cm x 8.89 cmoverall, 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


Record Id: nmah_209542

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