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“A new feature in the Children’s Room is the use of nickel-in-the-slot machines as educational engines. Mr. Frank B. Wiborg, at Christmas time, made a gift of $100.00 to the room. With part of this money some stereoscopic views were bought. As it would be impractical to leave these loose on the tables to be looked at by children through hand stereoscopes, some means was sought by which a series of a dozen or more views could be turned over in succession in a properly lighted instrument. In the loft of one of the dime museums of the city were found some discarded slot machines, which with slight modification were made serviceable. For these the balance of the money was expended. It was only necessary to widen the slot so as to allow of the passage of a slug thicker than a cent or a nickel, and have made a supply of thick slugs which could be used in the library machines and not in the museum machines. These slugs are given out to the children on request, and the requests come so rapidly that the six machines are generally surrounded by an admiring crowd.”- Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati, 1906.Photograph, the Children’s Room at Old Main Library, date unknown.


    “A new feature in the Children’s Room is the use of nickel-in-the-slot machines as educational engines. Mr. Frank B. Wiborg, at Christmas time, made a gift of $100.00 to the room. With part of this money some stereoscopic views were bought. As it would be impractical to leave these loose on the tables to be looked at by children through hand stereoscopes, some means was sought by which a series of a dozen or more views could be turned over in succession in a properly lighted instrument. In the loft of one of the dime museums of the city were found some discarded slot machines, which with slight modification were made serviceable. For these the balance of the money was expended. It was only necessary to widen the slot so as to allow of the passage of a slug thicker than a cent or a nickel, and have made a supply of thick slugs which could be used in the library machines and not in the museum machines. These slugs are given out to the children on request, and the requests come so rapidly that the six machines are generally surrounded by an admiring crowd.”

    - Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati, 1906.

    Photograph, the Children’s Room at Old Main Library, date unknown.

  2. incidentalcomics:

    Writing a Poem

    National Poetry month is almost over. Time to start riding/writing!

  3. uispeccoll:

    uispeccoll:

    Miniature Monday!  Large and small!  This 1904 set of William Shakespeare’s Complete Works, comes with its own miniature sized shelves, and is hanging out with it much older and larger relative (and our most frequently requested book for class sessions here at Iowa), our copy of Shakespeare’s second folio.

    David Bryce and Son, Glasgow, 1904. 

    Just bringing back one of our favorite Shakespeare posts to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday week.    

  4. rhlibrary:

Love this.

    rhlibrary:

    Love this.

    (Source: sunshineyone)

  5. vintagelibraries:

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Main Hall, year unknown.

    vintagelibraries:

    Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Main Hall, year unknown.

  6. dingsanddoodles:

Reading glasses

    dingsanddoodles:

    Reading glasses

  7. (Source: hawwkette)

  8. amandaonwriting:

Miniature Book Bracelet

    amandaonwriting:

    Miniature Book Bracelet

  9. cincylibrary:

    A bookmobile visit to Hazelwood, Ohio, in northern Hamiliton County, 1937.

    See more vintage photos of our bookmobiles on our Flickr.

  10. cincylibrary:

    Downtown Cincinnati, July, 1972. Bookmobile on Fountain Square.