JOHN WANAMAKER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 03/07/1908 - HFSID 16779
Sale Price $595.00
Wanamaker handwrote, signed and dated this letter in 1908 to the Honorable William B. Smith thanking him for a letter of sympathy after the death of Wanamaker's son.
Manuscript Letter signed: "John Wanamaker". 1p, 4¼x6½, on Wanamaker's stationery inscribed "Private Office/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia". 1908 March 7. Addressed to Honorable William B. Smith. In full: "Dear Friend: It was so very kind of you, dear William Smith, to give me among the first your letter of sympathy in the great bereavement that has befallen me. You knew something personally of the capacity and force in every direction that my son possessed His sudden withdrawal from our circle leaves us all bowed down in grief. Very sincerely yours,". Paul 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. Folded in quarters and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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