JOHN WANAMAKER - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED - HFSID 264594
Sale Price $510.00
B/w F. Gutekunst photograph of Wanamaker in a black coat, jacket and bowtie and with a flower in his lapel, mounted on heavy cardstock signed by him
Photograph mount signed: "John Wanamaker". B/w, 3¾x5½ on 8x10 heavy cardstock mount. Photo by F. Gutekunst of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1875, Wanamaker 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), Wanamaker issued the first commemorative stamps (over protests from Congress) and proved these could be moneymakers. Lightly toned. Photograph is lightly silvered in lower left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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