Before Amazon, We Had Bookmobiles – 15 Photos

Bookmobiles

Before Amazon and all the online retailers 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. They were the only mean of books for those remote areas and creating communities within communities.

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 American life. Must be a fun time to live when you have these things roaming up and down the road and people sitting around reading books and discussing, live.

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