Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Telephones

Wanamaker’s “Grand Depot”

a black and white photograph of a former rail station converted into a department store.

John Wanamaker was a prominent early adopter of the telephone. Wanamaker had a telephone installed in his “Grand Depot” department store by 1879 and established a telephone ordering system, the first of its kind, as early as 1906. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

John Wanamaker was a prominent early adopter of the telephone. Wanamaker had a telephone installed in his “Grand Depot” department store by 1879 and established a telephone ordering system, the first of its kind, as early as 1906.

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