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Children visiting the 1950s bookmobile.

Bookmobiles over the year. Washington County Free Library Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The bookmobile 1950-1957.

It was decided that the service would be year round, so a new type of bookmobile had to be designed. Gone was the fair-weather vehicle of old, with the bookshelves on the outside, exposing the precious cargo to the elements whenever a stop was made for the patrons. A 1950 Studebaker truck was outfitted with "inside shelves, seating space for three, and a closet or bin in every other available spot." The total cost was $4,652.



Washington County Free Library

According to Marianne Brish Evett who was a summer time bookmobile driver in 1950-1952, Helen Margaret Cooper, the bookmobile librarian, is in the door of the bookmobile.


Collection Location:
Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
20 x 24 cms

Washington County Free Library; Titcomb, Mary Lemist, 1857-1932; Public libraries; Bookmobiles; Mobile Libraries

Washington County (Md.), 1950-1957

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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