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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Motherís Day

Mother's Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Mother's Day Marker
Inscription. Founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia. First officially observed in 1908, it honored motherhood and family life at a time of rising feminist activism. An early supporter was John Wanamaker, whose store stood opposite. Motherís Day was given federal recognition, 1914.
Erected 1998 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 57.135′ N, 75° 9.752′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and North Juniper on Market Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Masonic Temple Philadelphia (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mother Jones (about 400 feet away); Philadelphia (about 500 feet away); John Wanamaker (1838-1922) (about 500 feet away); Public Sector Collective Bargaining (about 500 feet away); Oldest Photograph (about 600 feet away); PSFS Building (about 600 feet away); Anne Brancato Wood (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
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Mother's Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Mother's Day Marker

1. Mother's Day - Behind the Marker. “The national recognition of Motherís Day culminated a campaign begun by Anna Jarvis in Philadelphia in 1907, and carried to Congress by Philadelphia department store magnate John Wanamaker. A native of the Appalachian Mountains in the town of Pruntyvillle, West Virginia, Jarvis had in 1892 followed her brother to Philadelphia and there worked as a stenographer and writer. In 1903, Anna and her brother convinced their aging mother to move to the city, and it was after her motherís death in 1905 that Jarvis formulated the idea for her ĎMotherís Day Movementí.” (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Anna Jarvis at (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Mother's Day Dark History. 2012 National Geographic Daily News article by Brian Handwerk. “ ĎIt wasnít to celebrate all mothers. It was to celebrate the best mother youíve ever known—your mother—as a son or a daughter.í Thatís why Jarvis stressed the singular ĎMotherís Day,í rather than the plural ĎMothersí Day,í Antolini explained. But Jarvisís success soon turned to failure, at least in her own eyes. Anna Jarvisís idea of an intimate Motherís Day quickly became a commercial gold mine centering on the buying and giving of flowers, candies, and greeting cards—a development which deeply disturbed
Anna Jarvis (1864–1948) image. Click for full size.
3. Anna Jarvis (1864–1948)
Jarvis. She set about dedicating herself and her sizable inheritance to returning Mother's Day to its reverent roots.” (Submitted on May 13, 2012.) 
Additional comments.
The marker is no longer there. I was in Philadelphia where the marker is supposed to be and it wasn't there.
    — Submitted February 29, 2016, by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

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Motherís Day Campaign Button image. Click for full size.
Keith S Smith Collection
4. Motherís Day Campaign Button
Anna Marie Jarvis image. Click for full size.
5. Anna Marie Jarvis
The Grand Depot, John Wanamaker's Department Store image. Click for full size.
Free Library of Philadelphia Collection, 1900
6. The Grand Depot, John Wanamaker's Department Store
13th and Market, Philadelphia
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,159 times since then and 214 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on .   4, 5. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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