One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘They were in the tradition of colportage, hawked by street pedlars who entered bars and workshops, or sold by tobacconists, newsagents, or at railway kiosks.’
- ‘Some of the Titanic instant books were produced by colportage publishing firms; others were published by firms specializing in children's books, travel narratives, political biographies, etc.’
- ‘It was instrumental in the colportage movement in America, a system of traveling Christian literature salesmen whose trade it was to distribute a mushrooming inventory of Gospel literature - tracts, pamphlets, books and magazines - in the streets, into the homes and churches, and across America.’
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