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Page entitled : Wanamaker & Brown Oak Hall

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How John Wanamaker and Nathan Brown established their first store Oak Hall at the corner of 6th and Market streets in Philadelphia and prospered making uniforms.


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John Wanamaker and his brother-in-law, Nathan Brown, opened their first men’s and boy’s clothing store, at the corner of Sixth and High (later Market) streets in Philadelphia. The place, once the site of Robert Morris’ town house, was certainly well located for a retail business, although Wanamaker & Brown then only had a 30’ by 80’ spot on the first floor. Started with the investment of the partners’ combined $4’000 savings, in equal shares, the store was their pledge to fund the living of the Wanamaker and Brown families.  ...

 

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