Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) Library Postcard, 1905


American Libraries Direct has been featuring "Great Libraries of the World" for more than a year (in one of the sidebar sections). In the most recent issue one of the libraries featured was the Main Library for Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  The American Libraries Direct article indicates that: "The library is the only historic building in South Africa that was built as a public library and still functions as one. Completed in 1902, the Gothic Revival building features a stained-glass dome on the second floor and a terra-cotta fa├žade that was manufactured in England." The library is now part of the Nelson Mandela Public Library Service. A short history of the library is located HERE. The postcard above which is in my library postcard collection depicts the interior of the Port Elizabeth Library. It was mailed to Johannesburg on August 28, 1905. American Libraries Direct also has a "Great Libraries of the World" Pinterest Board.

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