JOHN WANAMAKER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 03/13/1889 - HFSID 84473
Sale Price $450.00
Wanamaker signed this letter on Office of the Postmaster General letterhead to Col. R. H. Grierson in 1889, thanking him for a letter of congratulation. Wanamaker became Postmaster General of the United States under President Benjamin Harrison in 1889.
Manuscript letter signed: "Jno Wanamaker", 1p, 5½x8¾, on letterhead of the Office of the Postmaster General. 1889 March 13. Addressed to Col. R. H. Grierson, Los Angeles, California. In full: "My Dear Sir: I thank you very sincerely for your esteemed letter of congratu lation [sic]. Very Truly Yours,". Signature is titled: "Postmaster General". 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. Top half of page is discolored. Folded twice horizontally and thrice vertically. The word "Dictated" (unknown hand) at lower left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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