The Ebony Story. Ten Years That Rocked the World. [Cover title]
The Ebony Story. Ten Years That Rocked the World. [Cover title]
The Ebony Story. Ten Years That Rocked the World. [Cover title]
The Ebony Story. Ten Years That Rocked the World. [Cover title]

The Ebony Story. Ten Years That Rocked the World. [Cover title]

[Chicago, Illinois]: [Johnson Publications], 1955. 11” x 8 ½”. Stapled self wrappers. pp. [16]. Near fine with minimal wear.

This is a separately issued special edition of Ebony, marking its 10th anniversary. It's smaller in dimension, page length (the newsstand November 1955 issue had over 170 pages) and is printed entirely in black and white. It also contains no advertising save for encouragement to subscribe to Ebony and Jet.

The first page has a “Message From the Publisher,” which states that, “EBONY was started ten years ago to mirror the brighter side of Negro life . . . Because it has filled a long felt need of the Negro for recognition and respect, EBONY has succeeded beyond our fondest hopes.”That message is accompanied by portraits of John H. Johnson, president of Johnson Publishing Company, as well as his wife and mother. What follows is a heavily illustrated photo essay on the history of the company which includes many internal views of the Chicago offices, including its library, editorial room, art department and more. There are also group shots and some individual portraits of staff from their Chicago, New York and Los Angeles offices, as well as their field circulation and “merchandising men.” Rounding it out are short articles on Ebony's home service department, its production of marketing films, its advertising division, and more.

Searching OCLC for this separate issue is nigh impossible, but we note that there is no separate record for the cover title “The Ebony Story,” and we see two copies in internet commerce as of October, 2020.

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