ATG Quirkies: Polite but firm: library overdue notices of yesteryear

postal-od-nb-hastings-72Libraries were quick to jump on board when the U.S. Post Office introduced postal cards with pre-printed postage. It turns out they were perfect for that time honored form of library communication – the overdue notice.

Libraries have used them since at least 1873 as gentle reminders of patron oversights. Check out this collection of over a hundred postal cards that have been used as overdue notices for a quick visit to a bit of library history.

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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