JOHN WANAMAKER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/24/1900 - HFSID 1803
Sale Price $427.50
Wanamaker signed this typed letter in 1900 to let Henry S. Allen know that he can't answer a question that Allen had asked him in a previous letter.
Typed letter signed: "John Wanamaker", 1 page, 6¾x8¾, on Wanamaker's stationery inscribed "Private Office/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia". 1900 May 24. Addressed to Mr. Henry S. Allen, New York City. In full: "Dear Sir: Thanking you for your letter of the 22d, I fear that I cannot give you intelligent information on the question that you ask, not knowing what authors have covered the ground that you are proposing to go over. On general principles I believe that whatever contribution you make to general knowledge will be heartily welcome. 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, soiled, stained and creased. Folded thrice horizontally and vertically and unfolded. Torn along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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