Book Store in Oxford, Oxfordshire
When Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened the doors to B. H. Blackwell's on New Years Day in 1879, bookselling was already in his blood. His father, Benjamin Harris Blackwell had been heavily involved in the Temperance Society, as had his father before him. The society promoted self-education and encouraged reading as well as religion, with separate rooms for non-alcoholic refreshment and silent reading. Although an unquestionably devout family, the Blackwells had originally become involved with the Temperance Society.