Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle

Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle


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Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle by Michael J. Lisicky

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596290082
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 547,514
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.

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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