John Wanamaker (1923)

by John Massey Rhind (1860 - 1936)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art
City Hall, East Plaza (Broad and Market Streets)
1923

  • Title

    John Wanamaker

  • Artist

    John Massey Rhind (1860 - 1936)

  • Year

    1923

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height: 8’6″, width 4'4", depth 2'11" (base height 7′, width 8'8", depth 7'11")

Commissioned by the John Wanamaker Memorial Committee

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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At A Glance

  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • A pioneer in modern marketing and advertising, John Wanamaker founded the nearby emporium, Wanamaker’s (now Macy’s)

  • Wanamaker’s was one of the first department stores in the nation

  • Wanamaker created the money-back guarantee, a fixed priced system, and other customer benefits

  • Schoolchildren donated $50,000 in pennies to help finance this bronze statue

A pioneer in modern marketing and advertising, John Wanamaker (1838–1922) founded the nearby emporium that bore his name for more than a century. At Wanamaker’s, one of the earliest department stores in the nation, he created and popularized the money-back guarantee, a fixed-price system, and other consumer benefits that became industry standards. He was also a philanthropist who contributed to many civic causes.

After his death, schoolchildren donated $50,000 in pennies to a Memorial Committee to help finance this bronze statue by Scottish-born John Massey Rhind, one of the era’s foremost sculptors of public monuments.

A detail of John Massey Rhind's statue of John Wanamaker
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Jennie Funches is a consultant at the Macy’s Visitor Center in Philadelphia, located in the historic Wanamaker Building, which formerly housed the Wanamaker’s department store, founded by John Wanamaker in 1866.

Michael Lisicky specializes in the histories of American department stores. He is the author of Wanamaker’s: Meet me at the Eagle.

William Zulker is the author of John Wanamaker: King of Merchants, a biography of John Wanamaker.

Segment Producer: Yowei Shaw

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