JOHN WANAMAKER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 07/13/1908 - HFSID 38842
Wanamaker signed this letter to John R. Clemente on his personalized stationery in 1908. He thanks Clemente for a birthday telegram and asks him to "Kindly present my best regards to the brethren, with whom I have great fellowship in the work of the Christian Endeavor".
Manuscript letter signed: "John Wanamaker", 1p, 5¼x8¾, on Wanamaker's stationery inscribed "Private Office/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia". 1908 July 13. Addressed to Mr. John R. Clemente, Kirkwood, New York. In full: "Dear Friend;- It was very kind of you to send me the telegram on my birthday. Kindly present my best regards to the brethren, with whom I have great fellowship in the work of the Christian Endeavor Very sincerely". 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. Random ink stains. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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