By Cory Doctorow at 3:16 pm Tue, Apr 17, 2012
This bookmobile for the sick was wheeled around Los Angeles hospitals in 1928, a service of the LA public library.
Is it weird that I have a little crush on Bookmobile Lady?
Hello cross-contamination. That bookmobile probably killed people.
As did the nurses’ uniforms, and the visitors, and…
Actually, books can survive certain methods of sterilisation, and by the 20s they may have been doing that at least if the books/bookmobile were in contact with people with specific communicable diseases.
We discovered that the curtains around the beds were the biggest source of resistant organisms.
Are there not also issues with computer keyboards these days?
I think I found a replacement for my bookbag.
“And how are we feeling today, Mrs. Prunwickett? We have a nice reading selection today! Here is a Bible, here is another Bible, here are volumes 4 and 7 of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and look! Another Bible!”
Maybe she’s reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder, which was the best selling novel of 1928. :)
“Please place your book in the reshelving section.”
Why do the bookmobile got so much back?
Hospital? Damn the fine print, I looked at the pic and thought of a desperate lover doing everything she can to keep her lady, including even building this thing to feed those lazy ass reading habits of hers. *squeak squeak* “- Jesus! Oil those wheels, then come fluff my pillow!” *deep sigh of resignation* “- Yes, Molly…”
Thanks for the excellent example and photo! Do you have more similar ones?
This reminded me of a popular way of representing bookmobiles in the mid-twentieth century, as a technology that could mobilize not just books but readers themselves:
A nice precursor of the E-Reader…
I remember bookshelves on wheels back in the mid 1980s/80s in Children Hospital in Philadelphia when I had my surgeries! Does that count?
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