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Title
Decorated Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1955
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
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.
A hand painted banner is taped to the side of a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile depicting five Chinese Zodiac animals: rooster, tiger, dragon, hare and monkey. Three lanterns also hang along this side. It is possible that this bookmobile was decorated to participate in a community parade.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00077015
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Branches-Bookmobile.
CARL0000078837
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/110937
Subject
Los Angeles Public Library
Decoration and ornament--Animal forms--California--Los Angeles
Trucks--Decoration--California--Los Angeles
Decoration and ornament--Chinese influences
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles

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