JOHN WANAMAKER - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED 03/06/1893 - HFSID 26351
Sale Price $510.00
JOHN WANAMAKERSepia-toned 4½x6¾ C. M. Gilbert photograph shown in dark coat and bowtie. This photo has been mounted on light blue cardstock signed "Yours very Truly" by Wanamaker in 1893 Photograph mount signed: "Yours very Truly/Jno Wanamaker/March 6-93". B/w sepia-toned, 3¾x5½ photo on 4½x6¾ light blue cardstock. Studio credit C. M. Gilbert, Washington, D. C. 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 bowed. Minor "silvering" at lower part of photo (not evident head on). Light scuffing near top of photo (not evident head on). Otherwise, fine condition.
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