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Before Amazon, We Had Bookmobiles: 15+ Rare Photos Of Libraries-On-Wheels

Long before Amazon, Audible, and other digital book distributors, bookmobiles were bringing literature to peoples’ doorsteps. Their mission was to provide the written word to remote villages and city suburbs that had no libraries. We invite you to remember these almost forgotten four-wheelers of the past.

The first bookmobile is believed to have appeared in Warrington, England in the late 1850s. It was a horse-drawn cart, and lent about 12,000 books during its first year of service. Later, mobile libraries were installed inside vehicles and reached the height of their popularity in the mid-20th century when they had become a part of Americal life.

Although bookmobiles are still operated in some parts of the world by libraries, schools, activists, and other organizations, they are widely thought to be an outdated service due to high costs, advanced technology and impracticality.

(h/t: vintageeveryday, messynessychic)

#1 An Opened Bookmobile, 1925

An Opened Bookmobile, 1925

#2 The First Bookmobile Of The Public Library Of Cincinnati, 1927

The First Bookmobile Of The Public Library Of Cincinnati, 1927

#3 A Mobile Library In Kurdistan, Iran, 1970

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#4 Inside A Bookmobile, 1960s

Inside A Bookmobile, 1960s

#5 One Of The Library Bookmobiles, C. 1948.

One Of The Library Bookmobiles, C. 1948.

#6 A Bookmobile In Indonesia, Early 20th Century.

A Bookmobile In Indonesia, Early 20th Century.

#7 The Bookmobile In Columbia Park, C. 1940

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#8 Bookmobile

Bookmobile

#9 Book Caravan In Iowa, C.1927

Book Caravan In Iowa, C.1927

#10 Multnomah County Library, 1926

Multnomah County Library, 1926

#11 Greensboro, North Carolina, 1936

Greensboro, North Carolina, 1936

#12 An Impatient Queue For A Dutch Bookmobile

An Impatient Queue For A Dutch Bookmobile

#13 The Library’s Bookmobile On Compton Road, C.1933

The Library’s Bookmobile On Compton Road, C.1933

#14 Three Of The Bookmobile Staff, C.1930

Three Of The Bookmobile Staff, C.1930

#15 Craig Medvigny (left) And David Sutton Enjoying A Book; Eleanor Mann Substitute Traveling Branch Librarian, C. 1920s

Craig Medvigny (left) And David Sutton Enjoying A Book; Eleanor Mann Substitute Traveling Branch Librarian, C. 1920s

#16 Mrs. Josie Sanders, Richard Sanders, Jerome Sanders And Two Younger Children. C1950s

Mrs. Josie Sanders, Richard Sanders, Jerome Sanders And Two Younger Children. C1950s

#17 A Horse-drawn Cart In Washington In The 1900s. It Was One Of The First American Bookmobiles, Built In 1905, But Was Hit And Destroyed By A Train In 1910

A Horse-drawn Cart In Washington In The 1900s. It Was One Of The First American Bookmobiles, Built In 1905, But Was Hit And Destroyed By A Train In 1910

#18 A Bookmobile In Indonesia, Early 20th Century.

A Bookmobile In Indonesia, Early 20th Century.

#19 A Mobile Library In Canterbury

A Mobile Library In Canterbury

#20 A Boston Public Library Bookmobile, 1963

A Boston Public Library Bookmobile, 1963

 source: boredpanda

 

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