Jul. 3, 1891 Reading Berks County Pennsylvania, USA
Feb. 4, 1979 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Mrs. Anna Allen was the proprietor of the William H. Allen Bookstore in Philadelphia with her husband William. She was a noted bibliophile who collected children's books and silhouettes. The store has a national reputation, specializing in old history, philosophy and literature. She was a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Drexel University Library School. Her son George joined her in the business in 1945. She was a familiar sight at book auctions and at other bookstores. She belonged to the Booksellers Association of Philadelphia and was a founder of the Antiquarian Booksellers of Philadelphia. She also had two other sons, Charles and Ernest; and a daughter Eleanor Allen.