With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Philly with the NY Kids

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Philly with the NY Kids

 It was blustery and windy but bright and sunny as we walked down Market Street
 The Holiday light show in the old John Wanamaker's building (Now Macy's)

From Wikipedia:Wanamaker's department store was the first department store in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, and one of the first department stores in the United States.

John Wanamaker, the founder of the store that bears his name, was unable to join the U.S. Army during theAmerican Civil War because of a persistent cough. Having been rejected from war duty, he ventured into business with his brother-in-law, Nathan Brown. In 1861, they founded a men's clothing store in Philadelphia called Oak Hall. Wanamaker carried on the business alone after Brown's death in 1868. In 1876, Wanamaker purchased the abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad station for use as a new, larger retail location. The concept was to renovate the terminal into a "Grand Depot" similar to London's Royal Exchange or Paris's Les Halles—two central markets, and forerunners of the modern department store, that were well-known in Europe at that time.
The Wanamaker's Grand Depot opened in time to service the public visiting Philadelphia for the American Centennial Exposition of 1876, and in fact resembled one of the many pavilions at that world's fair because of its fanciful new Moorish facade. In 1877 the interior of Wanamaker's was refurbished and expanded to include not only men's clothing, but women's clothing and dry goods as well

Wanamaker first thought of how he would run a store on new principles when, as a youth, a merchant refused his request to exchange a purchase. A practicing Christian, he chose not to advertise on Sundays. Before he opened his Grand Depot for retail business, he let evangelist Dwight L. Moody use its facilities as a meeting place, while Wanamaker provided 300 ushers from his store personnel. His retail advertisements—the first to be copyrighted beginning in 1874—were factual, and promises made in them were kept.

Wanamaker guaranteed the quality of his merchandise in print, allowed his customers to return purchases for a cash refund and offered the first restaurant to be located inside a department store. Wanamaker also invented the price tag.

His employees were to be treated respectfully by management (including not being scolded in public), and John Wanamaker & Company offered its employees access to the John Wanamaker Commercial Institute, as well as free medical care, recreational facilities, profit sharing plans, and pensions—long before these types of benefits were considered standard in corporate employment.

Innovation and "firsts" marked Wanamaker's. The store was the first department store with electrical illumination (1878), first store with a telephone (1879), and the first store to install pneumatic tubes to transport cash and documents (1880)

There is so much more to learn about John Wanamaker and the department store.  Follow link to read complete Wikipedia article.

Another visit to 1840 Victorian London streets to walk through
Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol at Macy's.
Click above photo for larger viewing
 Abbey and Jared, as always, having fun
 We walked to the Reading Terminal Market ~ an amazing place!
Notice the gigantic wild shrimp in the center-left photo!  They were bigger than the super jumbo and $26.99 a pound.
I had Shaela hold up her hand to try and show just how big these were.

The cold weather didn't stop us from enjoying some ice-cream.
We shivered as we ate it but ice-cream is so worth it.
Lots of giggles along the way
At home, Rudy had a blast instigating Raider. Raider complained and tattled on Rudy.
'He's bothering me!"


Heather said...

Wow great pictures looks like such a fun day!! The dogs had me laughing too! Love Heather

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh wow!! Thanks for taking us along on the trip...what a memory maker. Thanks for the history lesson...just such a great reminder of our foundation...and DL Moody preacher there, that is just awesome. I must visit one day...Lord willing.

The pictures are great and what a great time for memory making and family.

Debbie said...

Wow....looks like an amazing trip. Such GOOD pictures. I love hearing of history like that. Glad you enjoyed it all...

Debbie said...

Oh my, I'm loving this post of yours! I have an appointment to go to and I want to return and read this one again when I get home. I think there used to be a Wanamaker's in Yonkers, NY. I loved the family photos and felt like I was along for the journey just a bit. Thanks for that!

Blessings and love,

Maple Lane said...

I really enjoyed these marvelous pictures. Looks like so much fun! Wishing you and yours a blessed new year.

Francesca said...

What lovely pictures, looks like you had so much fun. I used to go to Macy's New York when I lived there in the 60s and 70s. Happy Holidays, I am following you from Rome!

Jennifurla said...

Oh, what a fun time.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

looks like a fantastic time! So much fun and festivities. Great captures. Wishing you and yours a very happy New Year!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Oh what fun it is! I'm so glad you are having a party in the city with your beautiful family. Happy New Year L!

Jann Olson said...

Oh what a wonderful place to spend Christmas with family. I have not made it to N.Y. yet. On my bucket list. Love all of the pics and the dogs are too cute. Happy New Year!

Jann Olson said...
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Jann Olson said...

Oh what a wonderful place to spend Christmas with family. I have not made it to N.Y. yet. On my bucket list. Love all of the pics and the dogs are too cute. Happy New Year!

Janice said...

Looks like you had a great day out with the family. I would love to visit Macy's (Wanamakers) ;)

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest LDH,

Learned something about Philly... We lived in Shillington, PA for half a year but never went to this market. Made a note of it, if we once visit again it's interesting to see.
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,


Slice of Southern said...

Beautiful Pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Happy New Year!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Looks like everyone is having a blast! Happy New Year to you and your family, Lorraine!

Sue said...

What a wonderful treat to spend this special time with family, in this special place. A beautiful family too.

I so enjoyed reading about Mr. Wannamaker. I think a lot of today's merchants could learn a lot from him, as far as fair trade and the treating of employees. I have always found Macys to be a great place to shop.

Thanks for the smile with Rudy and Raider. I always remember Raider's episode with the bees, and how blessed that he survived the stings.
Wishing you and your family a very blessed, and Happy New Year.

Barbara F. said...

This looks like a great day. The photos are wonderful. The doggies are so cute. I was very impressed with those shrimp. Happy New Year, and I am your newest follower. xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! You've had an amazing holiday! I love all of the family photos and love the way you are dressed for the big city...in style! Happy New Year! ♥♥♥

NanaDiana said...

What wonderful, happy family pictures. It just makes me smile to see your beautiful family all together having fun. I laughed about eating ice cream on a cold day! This family does that~

Happy New Year to you, Lorraine- xo Diana

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Oh what a wonderful trip! I haven't been to Philly in YEARS! Only the airport recently! The history of the store was amazing! Enjoy your New Years!

Karen said...

wow..what great pictures... it looks like you and your family had a awesome time..
so glad you stopped by for a Glass of Sweet Tea..lol.. and I look forward to getting toknow each other,,,
Have a wonderful and blessed New Year..

Pondside said...

What a fun post! Many years ago - more than 35! - we lived just outside of Philly, between Paoli and Phoenixville, and spent many happy weekend afternoons in the city. We rented a small house on the estate of the owners of Strawbridge and Clothier, the other old Philadelphia department store, now closed.
I'd love to visit Philadelphia again!

Dayle said...

What a great trip, Lorraine. I love NYC. The Man and I were talking the other night about going back soon. So much to see and do.

podso said...

Wonderful photos! I used to spend time there as a child as that is where my dad grew up! Looks like a great time you all had together!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What fun, each image gave me reason t smile What a celbration of family time you have had! Could you please e-mail me...I would love to know which camera you use, and the setting. Your images are always so wonderful taken inside and out. I have an awful time getting good ones inside.
Happy New Years Blessings~

Ann said...

Looks like it was a beautiful Christmas in Philadelphia. That John Wanamaker sounds like he was a good guy to work for.
The Macy's building looks gorgeous with all the lights, almost magical

Dayle said...

My bad, Lorraine. I was only wishing for NYC. HA! Philly is on our places to go. We were on the East Coast in 2009 but it was raining and icky when we came through the Philadelphia area, so we decided to make it another year.


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