Have you missed libraries during the pandemic? I certainly have. Through the wonders of the internet, I’ve been well supplied with reading materials. But for me nothing compares with the adventure of wandering through the stacks, discovering treasures by accident.
The Digital Public Library of America, one of my favorite sources for images, now has a wonderful online exhibit on the history of libraries in the United States. In one section on bookmobiles, it shows this photo of a woman in Georgia with an invalid husband receiving a pile of books. I can only imagine her joy. I’ll bet she got as many titles as were allowed.
It’s also an interesting study in women’s dress. The older woman wears what is probably her standard at home outfit, a plain colored shirtwaist dress, a cardigan, and sensible shoes. With her white hair drawn behind her head and her wire rimmed glasses, she looks like the stereotypical image of a grandmother in that era. By contrast, her younger visitor is having a little more fun with her clothes. She has on a bold patterned fuller skirt, a wide shouldered jacket, and flat loafers. Her box coat might have been a few years old, but her skirt and shoes already give a whiff of 1950s styles.