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From: David Steel <>
Subject: Re: W H Smith Newsagents
Date: Sat, 05 Sep 1998 11:29:39 +0900
At 09:19 4.9.98 -0700, Andrew wrote:
>Apparently my great grand uncle was the W H Smith of W H Smith Newsagents.
W.H.SMITH Newsagent, stationer and bookselling chain named after William Henry SMITH (1792-1865) who developed a newspaper shop opened by his parents in London in 1792.
By efficient use of the stage-coach network, William Henry beat his rivals in the distribution of newspapers from London, Subsequently his son, also William Henry, used the railways to change the business from a London shop into a national retail chain. In 1848, he secured an exclusive contract to place stalls selling newspapers and cheap books on the platforms of the London and North-Western Railway; the stalls flourished in a period when novels were sold in instalments and paper-backs were being introduced.
Source: Bamber (your starter for ten) Gascoigne's Encyclopedia of Britain.
David Steel <>
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