Portrait of John Wanamaker, founder of Wanamaker's Department Store. JOHN WANAMAKER

Founder of the famous Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia, John Wanamaker is representative of the Euro-American interest in Native Americans at the turn of the 20th Century. Major department stores of the day regularly created museum-like displays of historical and cultural artifacts, and Native Americana was quite popular. Wanamaker himself had plans to build a statue of an Indian on the harbor opposite the Statue of Liberty as a second lesson to immigrants on the history of America. Incidentaly, the Wanamaker's store provided the linens for the Hotel Astor.