Staff at a bookshop in Southport enjoyed a remarkable find while they were looking through some old books.
Broadhursts, on Market Street, boasts over 100,000 books which range from just-released bestsellers to an extensive children’s department and no less than eight second-hand book rooms and two large rare book rooms.
They said: “Cataloguing a second-hand book about motor racing published in 1946, and have just found petrol ration coupons tucked inside.
“I wonder if the original owner knew that and just didn’t need them, or whether he or she thought they were lost!”
At the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, petrol was the first commodity to be rationed as all petrol had to come from overseas.
Then in 1942 petrol for private use was withdrawn completely. It was only available for work deemed essential, and a special permit was needed to obtain it. Cars were therefore absent from the roads. All large cars were confiscated and converted into vans and ambulances.
In 1945, after the war finished, petrol for private use did become available, although it remained rationed until 1950.
People in Southport would have been enjoying shopping at Broadhurst’s back then, as the iconic shop – one of the oldest second-hand and antiquarian bookshops in the country – was established in 1920 by Charles Kenyon Broadhurst.
The business has traded continuously since then on four floors of its listed mid-19th century building in the centre of Southport.
The four floors of Broadhurst’s Bookshop hold a comprehensive range of books suitable for all ages, interests and pockets.
For more details please visit: www.ckbroadhurst.co.uk or call them on: 01704 532064.
Southport BID has recently launched the new Southport Gift Card as a way of encouraging people to support local businesses. For more details please visit: https://southportbid.com/southport-gift-card/