ATG Quirkies: The Golden Age of Bookmobiles

by | Aug 5, 2016 | 0 comments

The folks at the Vintage News have posted a photo essay that fans of library history and old B&W photos will really enjoy.   Mobile libraries have delivered service to both small rural towns and urban neighborhoods as well as to schools and senior centers since “librarian Mary Titcomb launched the first bookmobile in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.”  


A very old library bookmobile of America, ca. 1900s

These fascinating photos give you a look at the earliest versions of what over the years has been a mainstay of library services nationwide.  From horse drawn carts in the early 1900’s to motorized bookmobiles in the sixties, these photos cover it all.  Enjoy!

(Thanks again to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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