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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
London's First Railway Bookstall
William Henry Smith opened the first bookstall here in 1848
Location: Euston Station, NW1 2HS
Description: William Henry Smith PC (24 June 1825 - 6 October 1891) was born in London, the son of William Henry Smith (1792-1865).
He was educated at Tavistock Grammar School before joining the business with his father in 1846. As a result of his involvement, the business became a household name (W H Smith), and the practice of selling books and newspapers at railway stations began.
And so to Euston, the location of the first railway bookstall in the UK and London.