In, 1866 Colonel Ichabod Conk traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico after the Civil War had made him poor. It was here that he would meet his future wife. She owned several barber shops in the area. He learned about the barbering profession from his wife and became proficient in the practice. One day he decided that they should package the products they use everyday and sell them to other barbers. Colonel Conk became one of the first original traveling salesmen. The rest is history.