JOHN WANAMAKER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED 1912 - HFSID 155768
Sale Price $252.00
Fragment of a letter handwritten by Wanamaker in 1912, signed "With all good wishes for 1912, Your aged friend". Comes with a fragment of a letter on verso written in Atlantic City on Jan. 10, 1912.
Autograph letter fragment signed: "With all good wishes for 1912/Your aged friend/John Wanamaker", 2 pages front and verso, 5x3½. On verso is a fragment of a letter dated Atlantic City, Jan. 10, 1912 and partially inscribed "CHELSEA" in blue at top. John Wanamaker (1838-1922, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American businessman who, in 1875, established the first department store, bringing a collection of specialty stores together under one roof in the former freight depot of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Philadelphia. Wanamaker, who was one of the first major retailers to employ advertising agencies to sell his goods, was also a leader in offering "fringe benefits" to his employees, who enjoyed paid vacations, health care, life insurance, pensions and financial aid for further education. As Postmaster General under President Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893), he issued the first commemorative stamps (over protests from Congress) and proved that they could be moneymakers. Lightly toned and creased. Light pinhead-sized impressions on paper. Fragment has been torn neatly from letter at top edge. Folded once and unfolded. Fold is worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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