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H.G. Wells – Born in Kent on 21 September 1866

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, on 21 September 1866.

From 1880 to 1883, Wells served his apprenticeship as a draper in Southsea – this was not a happy time in his life, even if the experience inspired him to write Kipps.

Here’s a fascinating newspaper article from 1922 in which Wells reflects on his time working as a draper, and tries (reluctantly and endearingly) to offer advice to the drapers of the day.

historical newspaper report on hg wells

Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 18 April 1922

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19220418/116/0009

historical newspaper report on hg wells

Aberdeen Journal – Wednesday 14 August 1946

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000578/19460814/009/0001

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