Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vintage Christmas Photos Part VI: Books on Wheels

In 1949, the city of Los Angeles outfitted 4 large vans with 4,000 books each and sent them into housing developments, shopping centers, parks and schools in low income areas. Each van made twenty-eight 1-3 hour stops a week and between the 4 vans, 250,000 books were checked out per year.

These photographs were taken in 1955 by Joe Friezer, showing the vans fully decorated for Christmas.


  1. Ha! These photos are great. Book mobiles rock.

  2. That's a really fun alternative to decking the halls...that is wonderful! Are there still book moblies, I wonder? Happy Day--Happy Thanksiving :o) ((HUGS))