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John Wanamaker Letter
John Wanamaker Letter
TitleJohn Wanamaker Letter
DescriptionLetter written to Mr. Henry W. Rule, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Territory, from John Wanamaker, Philadelphia. Wanamaker is credited with being a pioneer in the development of the department store in the latter part of the 19th century. He supposedly instituted the use of price tages, money-back guarantees, newspaper ads, and white sales.
DateMay 23, 1902
Item TypeLetter
CollectionHenry R. Rule Autograph Collection (SC35-2)
See finding aid: http://www.kchistory.org/u?/Local,37218
TranscriptionMay 23rd, 1902

Mr. Henry W. Rule,
Oklahoma Territory,

Dear Sir:--

Answering your letter of May 13th, I gladly send this message, as you request, for your Presbyterial Endeavor meeting,-

Multiplying railroads, ships and foundries, welcome and useful as it all is, will leave something lacking in national prosperity if we are mere builders of materialism. Solid foundations for national prosperity must include brain and heart culture as well. The temporal and spiritual must be united if permanent greatness is to follow. "Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it." It is "righteousness that exalteth a nation", and whatever arguments are made to the contrary, "The world passeth away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

Very sincerely yours,
[John Wanamaker]
LocationSC35-2, Box 1, Folder 11
Department stores
Local SubjectWanamaker, John
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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