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  • Railway Bookstalls and their Impact on Reading in Great Britain

    Colin Maggs

    Issue 74 (2011)


    Railways themselves encouraged reading ability, for reading was required to study rule books. Railways also brought about reading on the move with the first bookstall set up at Fenchurch Street station in 1841 and soon copied at other stations by entrepreneurs such as W. H. Smith, H. B. Marshall and John Menzies.

    Tags: Books/Literature, Newspapers/Periodicals, Recreational activities, Station services