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The first motorized bookmobile -1912.

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


This bookmobile was in use 1912 to 1916.

In March of 1912 an IHC Autobuggy with body by Thomas White was delivered by the International Harvester Company. It had a specially constructed top with shelves for 300 books and storage room for four deposit station cases.

Elmer Corderman was hired as a chauffeur and Miss Nellie Chrissinger was aboard as librarian. A series of accidents put the IHC out of service for two months during the summer of 1913, the busiest months, and three months were lost during the 1914 season. In the 14th Annual Report (1914-1915) Miss Chrissinger noted, "The wagon is a victim of circumstances over which we have no control. Even at best, but eight or nine months can be counted on and wet days, wet roads, and repairs shorten the time of operation still more."



Washington County Free Library

Title - An easy job. Bookmobile and driver.


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.), 1912-1916

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

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