The Sjoerd Koopman Collection of Postcards of Libraries
June 7, 2017 6:00 PM   Subscribe

The Sjoerd Koopman Collection houses approximately 1000 postcards of libraries in the United States. You can browse the collection here. Part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Digital Image Collections. posted by carter (6 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
You can browse the collection here.

Strange, there is no result for "insane asylum". Ebay has hundreds.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:43 PM on June 7


Oh, wait. You said, postcards of libraries, I saw, libraries of postcards. Never-mind.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:47 PM on June 7


Here's mine! This is the library in the town where I lived until high school. This library is also where I had my first ever part-time job. I volunteered for a while to earn the Boy Scout reading merit badge when I was probably 11 or so. Then, they kept me on a few hours a week shelving books for 25¢ an hour. The next summer when I started helping out with inventory they upped it to 50¢. Child labor FTW! It seemed like big money at the time.
posted by Gotanda at 7:38 PM on June 7


Ebay has many postcards of the library where I first worked. This one is the prettiest. The building to the right is long-gone. The library has expanded from the original building twice, taking over the entire corner and then some. But the building to the left is still there, and there was a pizza place hidden down that narrow crevice between the buildings.
posted by lagomorphius at 8:25 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


...the building to the left is still there, and there was a pizza place hidden down that narrow crevice between the buildings.

Small world department... I've just visited that library a few times recently, while my son attended Dickinson College a few blocks away. The pizza place down the alley – entered at the rear – is now more of a general restaurant called The Back Door Cafe. Cheap enough for me to take a bunch of his dorm mates out to dinner there.

This is the library I grew up with. And my first job, summers during college, was at the State Library of Pennsylvania across town, in this not particularly welcoming building.
posted by LeLiLo at 9:27 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


The pizza place down the alley – entered at the rear – is now more of a general restaurant called The Back Door Cafe.

When it was a pizza place it was called Back Door Pizza.
posted by lagomorphius at 9:47 AM on June 8


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