Sepia Saturday

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Time for another Sepia Saturday post, time to take a look back in history. Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share images and posts of bygone days. This week we’re inspired to find photos based on the photo above.

I accept this challenge and sought out photos of libraries. This prompt is fitting as it in the US we’re finishing National Library Week.

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Stitt Library at BUMED, 1902

From the Navy Medicine Flickr Commons collection, this library had a telescope inside. That’s where the stairs must lead to.

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National Library of Ireland, circa 1900

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Dallas Public Library, circa 1910

From the SMU Library Digital Collection

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In Mudgee, Gulgong, Australia, 1878

From State Library of New South Wales – While I admit I love the elegant, stately libraries of city centers, this simple, rustic library tugs at my heartstrings. I love how this man started a library out in the wilderness.

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Carnegie Library, Greenville, Texas, 1904

During the late 19th and early 20th century, tycoon Andrew Carnegie built libraries in the US and around the world. If a town applied for the program and promised to maintain a library staff and collection, they could receive funds to build what was then known as a Carnegie Library. Above and below are two examples of the grand libraries.

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Carnegie Library, Dallas, 1920

 

 

4 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. These are great photos! I particularly love that Australian circulating library. My mom’s home town of Gloversville, N.Y. had a Carnegie Library that I visited on a research trip and featured in A to Z 2016 https://mollyscanopy.com/2016/04/library-research-leads/ Thanks so much for your Blogiversary visit to Molly’s Canopy! I look forward to our continued connection through Sepia Saturday.

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  2. Last year I toured an ancient library in Europe. It must have had 30’ ceilings or higher. Books wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Amazing.

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  3. Some of the old libraries were built like temples, some like bank vaults. But I’ve always loved the eccentric small town !ibraries. They were usually designed by book lovers.

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