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The 1916 bookmobile

Bookmobiles through the years, Washington County Free Library Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The bookmobile 1916-1921

A 1916 Koehler truck specially equipped for library service was purchased for $1,339.50. It had a limousine front with seats for two passengers in addition to the chauffeur. The shelves on the side could accommodate 500 books, and there was room inside for six deposit station cases.

Cost breakdown
Koehler Truck Chassis - $940.00
Clock - 2.50
Speedometer & Lights - 38.00
Chains - 8.50
Linoleum and Aluminum binding for floor of car - 7.50
Cost of body fitted with shelves - 333.00
Vacuum tank- 10.00
Total cost of car- $1339.50

Cost of operating 1919.
Storage at $10.00 per month - $120.00
Driver at $4.00 per day—52 days - 208.00
Oil, gas, and meals for two, $2.50 per day - 130.00
Repairs - 336.83
Total - $794.83


First visit on the book wagon


Washington County Free Library

Published in "A Maryland Pilgrimage", National Geographic Magazine, (1927), 51:2, 133-211.


Collection Location:
Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
8 x 10 cms

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

Washington County (Md.), 1916-1921

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

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