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JOHN WANAMAKER - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 79730

JOHN WANAMAKER He pens "Yours truly" on this card in Philadelphia in iron gall ink Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Yours truly/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia" in purple ink. With notation in unknown hand in black ink in upper right corner.

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JOHN WANAMAKER He pens "Yours truly" on this card in Philadelphia in iron gall ink Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Yours truly/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia" in purple ink. With notation in unknown hand in black ink in upper right corner. 3½x¾ cardstock. 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,  soiled, stained and rippled. Adhesive residue and paper loss on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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