Story: Shops

Ferguson and Osborn bookstore, Lambton Quay

Ferguson and Osborn bookstore, Lambton Quay

The window display of this Wellington bookstore in the 1950s advertises Children’s Book Week, with animal, travel, adventure and school books on display. New Zealanders have traditionally read a lot of books, and selling books could earn a shopkeeper a comfortable living if they tapped into the public’s tastes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Ferguson and Osborn Collection
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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - General stores, bookshops and tobacconists', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016