20.000 x 15.000 inches
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John Wanamaker's Grand Depot
Drawing - Pen And Ink
John Wanamaker was known as Philadelphia's greatest merchant and retail innovator. If you weren't pleased, you could return anything. Including that dress you wore to the wedding. And get a refund. Prices were firm, no haggling. Novel at the time. He was one of the first to use electricity throughout the store.
Wanamaker added to the store which had originally been a freight depot. He gradually bought up the entire square block. Then tore it down (1901-1910) in sections in order to to rebuild and stay in business. The present store no longer retains the name.
W. C. Fields worked at Wanamaker's as a teenager (15). He was fired after repeatedly allowing the doors to snap back too quickly propelling the customers forward at a fast trot. He went into vaudeville or the circus shortly afterwards.
May 25th, 2014
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