JOHN WANAMAKER - INSCRIBED AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 08/17/1921 - HFSID 76289
Sale Price $450.00
Wanamaker handwrote, signed and dated this quotation "Do todays work today" on his own monogrammed stationery in 1921, one year before he died.
Inscribed autograph quotation signed: "Do todays [sic] work today/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia August 17. 1921/To Mr. John R Clements.". 1p front and verso, 4¼x6¾. On stationery imprinted with his monogram and "Private Office". 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, stained and creased. Corners are rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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