Born in Philadelphia on July 11, 1838, John Wanamaker created the first department store and later became famous as a merchant for his upscale clothing stores and department stores on the East Coast. He first opened his small men's store in his home town of Philadelphia in 1861, but was one of America's largest merchants by the early 1900s. His innovative sales and marketing strategies attracted customers like a magnet and set his business apart as the hub of center city Philadelphia. With a philosophy that extended beyond merely running a business for personal profit, Wanamaker viewed his business as a vital means of positively impacting the prosperity of an entire city and the nation at large for the betterment of all.
Unable to make the 1908 Pennsylvania German Society's annual gathering due to illness, their president-- businessman, religious leader, and politician, John Wanamaker--sent in a message he recorded "through this wonderful invention of Mr. Edison on the Ed...[SEE MORE]