Monday, 12 May 2014

This undated (likely early to mid 1950's) Ben Zuckerman suit is a delight! The jacket has a tiny waist and a peplum, and features 3/4 length sleeves and a rolled collar. The model is perfectly accessorised, with gloves, and a marvellous hat.
This suit was sold at John Wanamaker in Philadelphia and Young's Gown Shop in Portland. Wanamaker's was the first department store in Philadelphia. Founded in 1876 by John Wanamaker. It is considered by many to be America's first real department store. The store was considered unusual at the time as it offered no quibble returns and also guaranteed the merchandise. John Wanamaker also invented the price tag. In 1995 the stores, which numbered 15 at this time, were sold off to various buyers and the Wanamaker name was no more.

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