1927: The Strand opens on 4th Avenue, New York

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1927Benjamin Bass, a young Lithuanian immigrant and avid book collector, opens a used bookstore on Fourth Avenue… with a cigar box as a cash register.

His store, named after the London street of the same name famous for its publishing connections, is itself situated in ‘s ‘Book Row’, a literary artery since the 1890’s.

The store quickly flourishes, despite the rising rent and the disappearance of most Book Row . Benjamin, starting a family of his own in the , will soon be helped by his teenage son, Fred Bass.

The story continues…


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Posted: August 15, 2014

Author: Fabien Hurelle

Category: Bookstores & Libraries

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