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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596290082
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Lisicky was born in Camden, New Jersey, and grew up shopping in John Wanamaker. He resides in Baltimore where he is an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 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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Table of Contents

Foreword Dinty W. Moore 9

Foreword Louise Wanamaker 13

Acknowledgements 15

Introduction 17

Starting a New Business 19

A New Kind of Store 23

New York, New York 27

The Eagle Has Landed 32

Organ Donor 35

Family Trust 41

A Flagship Adrift 46

Off to Market 56

Opening Some Stores, Closing Some Doors 65

Christmas Lights 76

A Sign of the Times 86

An Eagle Spreads Its Wings 89

Cashing Out 100

Becoming an Albatross 112

A Final Flight 119

Afterlife 130

Courtesy, Integrity, Mutuality 142

From the Crystal Tea Room 146

Notes 151

About the Author 159

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    Finally a book on the store

    Chock full of photos and interviews. It's good to finally read about what happened to the store. If you want a book about the man, there are several to choose from. If you want to know more about the store and the traditions, buy this! A perfect gift.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    Wanamaker's - Meet Me When the Full Story Comes Out

    I was really hoping this book would provide me with an in-depth look at one of the pioneers in not only the retail industry but also in marketing. I was also rooting for a "home town" author to remake a similar tomb to that of Crisis In Bethlehem. Lisicky looks like he pried information from one of his prior books and slapped it together to create this rather quick run thru of the history of Wanamaker's. For someone who grew up in the area a lot of the information was surprisingly new. Like that Wanamaker's even had New York stores, the extent of their store network, and some of the ownership/leadership changes. The charge I put to Lisicky is that he does short thrift to the early history of the man that founded the company, John Wanamaker. It's a cursory review at best and it's riddled with cross-over stories of other competitive retailers. Don't get me wrong that additional information is appreciated but not at the lack of attention to the main thesis.

    It also would have been great to get additional information from more first-hand sources. The sources provided tended to be a family member too far removed from the origins and final control changes of the organization whereas it feels like there should have been more data points that could have been collected to build a fuller picture of not only John Wanamaker from birth to adulthood and eventual retail magnate but also the company he built.

    Suffice; this is a nice read for someone from the Tri State Area with an interest in regional iconic institutions but far short of a qualified biography of the retail legend.

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