Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Two significant, historic Chicago businesses: Sears, Roebuck and Ebony magazine
From its mail order beginnings, the company grew to become the largest retailer in the United States by the mid-20th century, and its catalogs became famous. Ask your parents or grandparents about their favorite goods in the Sears catalog.
Ebony, a monthly magazine for the African American market, was founded by John H. Johnson and has published continuously since 1945. A digest-sized sister magazine, Jet, is also published by Johnson Publishing, says Wikipedia.
Johnson Publishing, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest African-American-owned publishing firm in the United States. It also publishes Jet magazine and operates a book division. In addition, Johnson Publishing produces a line of hair care products (Supreme Beauty) and cosmetics (Fashion Fair) marketed for African-American women, and each year it hosts the Ebony Fashion Fair, a traveling fashion show that raises money for scholarships and charities in cities across the US and Canada.