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Samuel W. RUTHERFORD (African American entrepreneur). - Nat. Benefit Life Insur. Co.

[Title from the cover: A Modern Jack and the Bean-Stalk: Miracle of the Colored Race.]

Issued by the National Benefit Life Insurance Company (“founded, officered and conducted entirely by people of the colored race”).

Published: National Benefit Life Insurance Company, Washington, D.C., 1923

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Samuel Wilson RUTHERFORD (1866-1952, African American entrepreneur). -  The National Benefit Life Insurance Company (“founded, officered and conducted entirely by people of the colored race”).

[Title from the cover: A Modern Jack and the Bean-Stalk: Miracle of the Colored Race.][Washington, D.C.: printed in the Office of Doing Press Inc., designed by the Capital Advertising Company, published by the National Benefit Life Insurance Company, 1923]. Quarto (9 1/8 x 6 1/8in; 232 x 156mm). 16pp. with integral uncolored illustrations. Original cream paper wrappers, the upper cover with an overall decorative title printed in colors (small clean tears to margins).

Quite rare. The biography of the founder and the early history of the company in the form of an attractive and (now) quite rare pamphlet – this example in generally excellent condition.

‘“The National Benefit Life Insurance Co., of Washington, D.C., is not only the largest of Negro insurance companies but the greatest Negro business enterprise of any kind in the United States, if not the world,” declared the Baltimore Afro-American in June 1927. The company’s success in the early decades of the 20th century was a proud beacon of black achievement, proof that black enterprises could prosper despite Jim Crow constraints.’ (see http://www.streetsofwashington.com/2019/11/the-rise-and-fall-of-samuel-rutherfords.html).

OCLC 25296693 (3 copies).

  • Binding Condition: Acceptable
  • Overall Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 9 1/8 x 6 1/8in; 232 x 156mm
  • Sold By: Shadowrock Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Adam Langlands
  • Country: United States
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