"meet me at the eagle."

by Kenny H October. 17, 2015 3743 views

This bronze sculpture originated in Frankfurt Germany, created by August Gaul. Department store pioneer John Wanamaker purchased this eagle for his store's centerpiece immediately after its debut at the 1904/St Louis Worlds Fair.
This bronze work of art has sat in this very spot over 100 years, and a name change ( from Wanamakers built in 1902 to Macy's in 2012) long since been a popular meeting for shoppers and tourists alike. Even when we were small, my mom would say, “If we get separated, meet at the eagle!”
John Wanamaker's at the time was able to boast about being Philadelphia's first department store.
Handmade in Frankfurt, Germany, the bronze Wanamaker Eagle weighs 2,500 pounds and sits on a granite base in the Grand Court. The floor of the Grand Court had to be strengthened with girders to support it. There are 1,600 sculpted feathers on the head alone, and 5,000 on the entire Eagle. This famous bird began the long-beloved Philadelphia tradition of a Center City rendezvous initiated by the saying “Meet me at the Eagle.”

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Sabina Ibrahimović 4 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful sculpture

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Bill Baird 4 years, 8 months ago

Great post

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Kara Bana 4 years, 8 months ago

Excellent meeting spot. I like the pov in the behind shot.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 8 months ago

Love the POV's!, clarity and fascinating background on this strong bird! Great work, Ken!

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Sara G 4 years, 8 months ago

Now that is Majestic! Very interesting.

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Shutterjitter 4 years, 8 months ago

absolutely brilliant and awesome

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 8 months ago

She is standing proud and strong. Thanks for telling its story.

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Brenda Nelson 4 years, 8 months ago

BTW...I went back to look through the set again - and I really appreciate the detail in #2. I bet your mom never dreamed you'd be sharing photographs of it across the world! :)

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Brenda Nelson 4 years, 8 months ago

Awesome images and amazing information! I loved the history - both globally and personally - that you added! And, I like the "God glow" in #3

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Mike Meliska 4 years, 8 months ago

Very nice.

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Chris Cann 4 years, 8 months ago

Marvellous looking eagle, must have taken a lot of work by skilled craftsmen. I enjoyed your shots and words.

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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 8 months ago

Wow - I'd meet you at the eagle any day!

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John Parsons 4 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful sculpture and words..

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 8 months ago

WOW wonderful post, as they say you learn something every day thank you.

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 4 years, 8 months ago

Great shots and fantastic story, Ken.

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