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National Staff of the WWOW photograph, approximately 1920s

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 4

From McBride Rare Books: "A striking photograph of the men and women comprising the "National Staff" of the Wonderful Workers of the World (WWOW), likely at a national convention in Houston in the early 1920s. The WWOW was an African American benevolent society chartered in Texas in 1920.... The WWOW is obscure even in newspaper records, where a 1923 advertisement records them offering life insurance. The...photograph shows eighteen men and thirteen women, many wearing delegate ribbons. One man in the front row holds a gavel. One of the female staff members is identified in ink in the field of the image as "Annet Anderson." The photograph was produced by the Teal Portrait Studio, a...successful African American-owned photographic enterprise that operated in Houston for over forty years. The proprietors, Elnora and Arthur Teal, largely catered to the African American community. According to the 1920 census, Elnora Teal was one of the only about a hundred female photographers in the United States of any race...." [Note: The Texas State Historical Association states Teal was one of one hundred black female photographers recorded in the census. See Handbook of Texas entry at]

Photographs from Teal Studio are in collections at Prairie View A&M and the Houston Public Library.


  • approximately 1920s


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University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA