So first with kind permission from Kelly's Directories
Ramsgate High Street in 1974
Next Margate High Street in 1951
Most of the existing problems with Ramsgate and Margate shopping centres relate to the arrival of the great WC at Westwood. The future problems will relate to internet shopping and of course the people who don't try to use local shops.
My family have run bookshops for a long time, longer than I have been alive, so the ups and downs of retail have been in the background all my life.
I think one of the major problems we have as a society is that our towns were formed as trading centres and it is the buying and selling that make these towns what they are and to an extent what we are as people.
Here in Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate we are doing our best to buck the trend, this is mostly achieved by being cheaper than Ebay and Amazon.
Link to the photos of the books we put out today
If you enjoy old Thanet directories we have quite a few here at the bookshop in Ramsgate, we also publish affordable reprints, I strongly recommend coming to the shop and giving them a browse.
However if you can't here's the link
Monday, 15 July 2019
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Book-shopping in Canterbury for Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate today, Chaucer Bookshop, Catching Lives Bookshop, Oxfam Bookshop although Burgate Bookshop was closed for some reason, and I didn't get to Waterstone's on time thinking it closed at 5 when it is actually 4.30 on sunday.
link the photos of the books we put out in the bookshop yesterday
link to today's Canterbury photos