JOHN WANAMAKER - CALLING CARD SIGNED - HFSID 27955
Sale Price $180.00
Postmaster General calling card signed "Yours truly" by Wanamaker
Calling card signed: "Yours truly/Jno Wanamaker", 3½x2 calling card. Captioned: "The Postmaster General". 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 stained. Otherwise, fine condition.
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