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DOROTHY L. A. GRANT
Dorothy L. A. Grant (dates unknown) may have visited Frank Shay's bookshop in her capacity as a traveling saleswoman for The Womans Press. Publishers’ Weekly announced in 1920 that Grant was to be "the first of her sex to appear in a traveler's number," the annual February issue of the magazine dedicated to this aspect of the publishing trade. In 1922, Bookseller and Stationer magazine listed Grant as the owner of a bookshop in Port Washington NY. Perhaps inspired by Shay’s method of naming his shop, she called it Dorothy Grant's Bookshop.
The cover of Grace Steele Hyde Trine’s Dreams and Voices (New York: The Womans Press, 1920)
Travellers like Grant would bring a stack of covers of new books on their sales calls. This is one cover from The Womans Press that Shay may have considered while putting together an order in the early months of the bookshop.