JOHN WANAMAKER - DOCUMENT FRAGMENT SIGNED 06/17/1889 - HFSID 79729
Sale Price $360.00
Signed fragment of a document that Wanamaker signed in 1889, his first year as Postmaster General under President Benjamin Harrison.
Document fragment signed: "Jno Wanamaker", 8¼x2¾, with copper-colored Post Office Department seal affixed on left. With three other unidentified signatures, pencil notation in upper right corner and "June 17-89" written in unknown hand in pencil next to Wanamaker's signature. In part: "In witness whereof the said Postmaster General has caused the seal of the Post Office Department to be hereunto affixed, and has attested the same his signature." 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. Left corners are torn and missing from document. Seal is discolored, scuffed and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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