Before the word "bookmobile" had even been coined, the Elkhart Carnegie Library obtained a bookwagon to serve Concord township in 1921. The bookwagon was even asked to make an appearance at the American Library Association's conference in 1922 held in Chicago. Shown here are Miss Harriet Shelley with her back to the camera and Miss Helen Van Cleave checking out books to young patrons. One of the boys is wearing an apron which says "The Saturday Evening Post" and "The Country Gentlemen," two popular periodicals of the time. This particular vehicle was purchased through a gift from Mrs. A. H. Beardsley. Elkhart was one of the first cities in the state of Indiana to put a bookwagon into service.
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