About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Richard Bond describes his early life and business education at Harvard. He speaks briefly of his career at both Strawbridge and Clothier and Marshall Field department stores before entering Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia as an Executive Vice President. He became President of Wanamaker's in 1952. During his time at Wanamaker's, he became interested in civic improvements of the city. Bond talks of his involvement in the Black Coalition, the Penn Central Railroad, and other urban renewal plans.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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