This afternoon as I was looking through my files I came across this 1945 Madam Walker Annual Yearbook. Each year the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company published an almanac with information for its thousands of sales agents.
That year is a particularly significant to me because my grandmother, Mae Walker Perry, who was president of the Walker Company, would die that December. My mother, A’Lelia Mae Perry, who was a freshman at Howard University, would be named president of the company at the time of her mother’s death.
In 1945 there were eleven branches of the Walker College of Beauty Culture in cities ranging from Indianapolis and Washington, DC to Dallas and Baltimore. The Walker Company offered at least 30 products including its signature Glossine and a relatively new “Superfine Face Powder.”