Friday, May 30, 2014

NC School Library Offers Public Memberships in 1912

Postal librariana related to school libraries is difficult to find so I was delighted when I found a 1912 hand written flyer (see above) mailed by the Warrenton (NC) High School Librarian to members of the Warrenton community. The Librarian W. A. Naham extols the resources of the high school library and then offers to make the library available to non-students for an annual fee of $1. A sign up card was enclosed. He/she ends with: "This is better than borrowing from your neighbors, cheaper than purchasing for yourself, and the wise thing to do. Sign it now." Today Warren County Schools has two high schools in Warrenton. No information on their website about their libraries.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

University Club Library Postal Card 1900

According to its website the University Club is "New York’s premier social club offering unparalleled services to members - from gracious dining, luxurious accommodations and a variety of social events, to extensive athletic facilities and the world’s largest and finest club library." The club received its charter in 1864, but its roots date back to 1861. It's current building located at West 54th Street at 5th Avenue was completed in 1899 and includes an incredibly beautiful library. The postal card above which was mailed by the library on Sept. 26, 1900 is a recent addition to my postal librariana collection. The Librarian W. H. Duncan, Jr. is responding to a request from one of the club's members. Duncan had just become librarian after serving as a branch librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Colorado Library to Library Postcard

As I have noted in other posts I collect envelopes and other postal items that have been sent to or from a library. I especially like finding items that have been sent from one library to another. The postcard above fits into that category and it has the added distinction of being a picture postcard depicting a library. The postcard is part of the Phoebe Hayes library postcard collection that I wrote about in the previous post. In the message on the postcard the Documents Librarian at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO is letting the Documents Processing Librarian at the Denver Public Library know that she has mailed some documents requested from an exchange list and that the postage to be reimbursed will be 31 cents. The postcard was mailed on March 31, 1967. The Tutt Library is depicted on the front of the postcard. Although, government issued pre-paid postal cards are often used to conduct library business, it is rare to see this occur on a picture postcard.