JOHN WANAMAKER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 04/25/1889 - HFSID 1836
Sale Price $450.00
Wanamaker signed this letter to Henry Bowen in 1889, regretting that he missed sending a contribution.
Manuscript letter signed: "John Wanamaker" as Harrison's Postmaster General, 1p, 5x8, on Postmaster General letterhead. 1889 April 25. Addressed to Henry C. Bowen, New York. In full: "My Dear Sir: I am very sorry to have missed sending the contribution you requested. I will be very glad to have twenty five copies if you will kindly send them. With Great Respect Yours Truly." 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. Staple holes at lower left corner. Pinhead-size ink stain at upper left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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