JOHN WANAMAKER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/13/1919 - HFSID 1135
Sale Price $765.00
He pens a letter regarding the bill for the House of Represenatives
Typed Letter Signed: "John Wanamaker", 1p, 5¼x9. Philadelphia, 1919 September 13. On sheet headed: "Private Office/John Wanamaker/Philadelphia" to Mrs. Taylor Allderdice, Pittsburgh, Pa. In full: "Have you made any progress with your Bill in the House of Representatives? I think it is No. S 4227. Penrose would have it passed for you, if you asked him, and Mr. Knox having gone as far as he has in passing it in the Senate, you could very easily ask him to do it. If you ask a Member of Congress, it takes him months before he gets around to it, but if one of the leaders, like Penrose, says a word, it is done quickly. I hope this finds you very well. Very sincerely yours". Pencil correction (unknown hand): "H.R. 15986" at upper right. In the year this letter was written, the first Wanamaker Musicians' Assembly, featuring the Grand Organ and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, was held. The organ, dedicated by President William Howard Taft on December 30, 1911, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980. The name of TAYLOR ALLDERDICE is still widely known today for the nationally recognized Pittsburgh high school named in his honor. This letter was written to his wife, who was attempting to have a bill passed in the state legislature. Penrose was BOIES PENROSE (186-1921), Pennsylvania's U.S. Senator from 1897 until his death in office. Penrose had previously served in the state's House of Representatives (1884-1886) and State Senate (1886-1897). In 1875, JOHN WANAMAKER (1838-1922) 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. Type light but legible. Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal fold at the "Joh" of John and the upper portions of the letters in Wanamaker. Paper clip impression and rust stain at upper left blank margin, ink stain at upper right edge. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 12¼x27¼.
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