JOHN WANAMAKER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/06/1892 - HFSID 175414
Sale Price $360.00
Wanamaker handwrote, dated and signed this letter to "My dear Alfred" in 1892, while he was still President Benjamin Harrison's Postmaster General. In it, he asks Alfred what his plans are and what he's thinking about.
Autograph letter signed: "Jno Wanamaker" as Harrison's Postmaster General, 1p, 4¼x6½, on stationery inscribed "1731 I Street". 1892 September 6. Addressed to "My dear Alfred". In full: "My dear Alfred Did you see Mr. Rothermel & what is your plan I am anxious to know what you are thinking about Yours ever". 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 soiled. Random ink stains. The "M" of "My" is smudged. Folded once horizontally and vertically. Tape remnants on verso (no show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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