Filed under: Vintage Photo Album | Tags: 1922, ephemera, gertrude evans landis, vintage diary
Last summer en route to a wedding, we stopped at an antique shop in the unfortunately named town of Shartlesville, where I found a Wanamaker diary being used as a pedestal for some porcelain trinket. I’m always on the hunt for old diaries because I’m a big snoop, so I was excited to discover this one in decent condition. It was previously owned by Gertrude Landis, and while she didn’t write much, it was still a treat to get a tiny peek into the life of a 16-year-old living in a big-small Pennsylvania town in 1922. From Monday, July 10: I went to the movies with Helen to see Thomas Meighen in “Bachelor Daddy.” It was a peachy play I thought.
Originating out of Philadelphia, Wanamaker’s was one of the first major department stores in the country. The diaries served as an almanac, entertainment guide, cookbook and advertising tool for customers. If you’re interested in the history of “grand” department stores – places where shopping was an architectural as well as sensory experience – the Department Store Museum site is a great place to browse and learn more.
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