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Decorating a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Friezer, Joe
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1955
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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As early as 1949 these bookmobiles, or "libraries on wheels", began taking books to the mostly disadvantaged, low-income areas, or the outlying sections of the city where community libraries had not been established. The Los Angeles Public Library's fleet of bookmobiles was comprised of 3 large vans usually loaded with 4,000 books, and a smaller one known as "Little Toot" that usually carried 3,000 books. They had 28 scheduled stops each week to such places as housing developments, shopping centers, parks, and schools that varied anywhere from an hour to three hours. It is estimated that these Traveling Branches circulated almost 250,000 volumes a year.
Three men busily decorate one of four Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobiles for the Christmas season. One man stands on a ladder and places garland along the windows of the truck, while two other men stand at the front of it, covering the front fender with aluminum foil; large plastic bells and candles are also visible.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Los Angeles Public Library
Christmas decorations--California--Los Angeles
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles

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