JOHN WANAMAKER - TYPED LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 40105
Sale Price $180.00
Wanamaker signed this typed fragment of a letter as President Benjamin Harrison's Postmaster General.
Typed letter fragment signed: "Jno Wanamaker", 4½x2 piece of paper. Captioned: "Very respectfully/Postmaster General". John 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. Fragment of letter in lower left corner. Adhesive residue and paper loss on verso. Folded once and unfolded. Irregular edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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