Monday, December 17, 2012

Images tell corporate story at Ebony

Ebony Magazine was the African-American equivalent of Life Magazine, pictorially reporting on news and lifestyle in the post-World War II United States. Unlike Life, however, Ebony and its sibling Jet Magazine are still going strong. Great, then, to see that Johnson Publishing has not only carefully archived 1,000,000 images from these iconic publications -- we've seen many of them in history documentaries on PBS and elsewhere -- but is now making 2,000 of the best of them available online in The Ebony Collection. That's a great example of bringing corporate history into the mainstream.

Clearly, Johnson Publishing understands the value of corporate storytelling and how to profit from its past. All this and more: it's a family business run by Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of founder John H. Johnson.