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

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

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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