J.W.

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John Wanamaker Building, home of E. Wilke pipe shop
Illustration pf the John Wanamaker building from the Daily Graphic, circa 1878, courtesy Doug Valitchka

J.W. Was apparently the brand of the Wilke Tobacco shop located in the John Wanamaker building in Philadelphia.

Markings: No. 1 BROAD STREET, (J.W), MADE IN ENGLAND (round stamping) made in the 1930's-40's timeframe reportedly by Comoy's for the tobacco shop in the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia, located at No. 1 BROAD STREET. It's stamped with the (J.W) logo and the early 1930's-40's circular MADE IN ENGLAND country of manufacture stamping. Here's some info on the stamping from Trademark history: J.W. On Tuesday, April 18, 1933, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for NO. 1 BROAD STREET by JOHN WANAMAKER PHILADELPHIA, PHILADELPHIA. The USPTO has given the NO. 1 BROAD STREET trademark serial number of 71336921. Made for them by Comoy's. The NO. 1 BROAD STREET trademark is filed in the category of Rubber Products . The description provided to the USPTO for NO. 1 BROAD STREET is SMOKING TOBACCO.

The following pipe has a straight MADE IN ENGLAND stamp, and a stylized JW stamp. Some mystery as to if it was made for the E. Wilke shop in the John Wanamakers building, or not. If you have additional information, please add it here, or send it to sethile.pipes@gmail.com and we can add it for you.


  • See also Wilke
  • See also Steven Johnson, who was manager of the E. Wilke shop, and also made pipes.