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Eagle

1904 by August Gaul

Eagle

The Eagle in Macy's Grand Court. Credit: M. McClellan for GPTMC

Description

German sculptor August Gaul’s 2,500-pound bronze bird came to America for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. When John Wanamaker purchased it for his famous department store, he had to strengthen the floor with extra girders. Soon “Meet me at the eagle” became a catchphrase for Philadelphians as well as suburbanites who came downtown to shop.

Though the store has since been acquired twice, first by Lord & Taylor and now Macy’s, the eagle still rules the Grand Court.

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