Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle

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Philadelphia was once the proud home of Wanamaker's, a department store of many firsts founded by the retail giant John Wanamaker in 1861. Its name was synonymous with service, and Philadelphians still fondly remember the massive bronze eagle in the Grand Court, concerts from the world's largest pipe organ and the spectacular Christmas festivities. Philadelphia native Michael J. Lisicky takes a nostalgic journey through the history of the store, from its beginnings as a haberdashery to its growth into New York and Delaware and the final poignant closing of its doors. Lisicky brilliantly combines interviews with store insiders, forgotten recipes and memories from local celebrities such as Trudy Haynes and Sally Starr to bring readers back to the soft glow of the marble atrium and the quiet elegance of the Crystal Tea Room that was Wanamaker's
ISBN: 9781596290082
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Landmarks
Images: 102
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Michael J. Lisicky was born in Camden, New Jersey, and grew up shopping in Strawbridge & Clothier, Gimbels, Lits and John Wanamaker. He resides in Baltimore where he is an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He is active with the Preservation Society of Fell's Point and serves as the community's Towne Crier. In demand as a lecturer on department store history, Mr. Lisicky helps run an Ask the Expert column on the website http://www.departmentstorehistory.net. He is the author of the best-selling book Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops, which was also published by The History Press.
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