Wanamaker, John  (1838 – 1922)
American Merchant. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Created the first department store "The Grand Depot". In 1877, he added several other "departments" under the same roof. Wanamaker opened a second store in New York City in 1896, and continued enlarging. He put many special touches in his stores, including Ford dealerships, the world's largest organ which was featured in the atrium of his Philadelphia store, and a telegraph receiving station on the roof; which was the first to receive word that the Titanic had sunk. He also served as Postmaster General from 1889 to 1893, and was involved in many charitable organizations.

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letter (March 27, 1882) John Wanamaker
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