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Carnegie Libraries of Cincinnati and Cleveland

Officially known as 'The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.' Cards of the two main buildings are on my non-Carnegie Library page. If you count municipalities which were annexed, there were 23 Carnegie branches.

Avondale Branch

Still in use, according to the Cincinnati library web site.

Built 1913 in Spanish Colonial style. Noted for its Rookwood tile entry.


This is a UNICO (Union News Company) card. They added the flag.

Corryville Branch

Still in use.

Built 1907. Renamed as Corryville Branch in 1997, after a 1996 renovation. It's looking darn sprightly for a supercentarian.


The card was made in Germany for Kraemer Art of Cincinnati, and must be one of the first with a divided back: it was mailed the same year.

Norwood Branch

Tim Jeffries' Moving Pictures photography page shows some of the exquisite details of this Carnegie library, now a branch.


Unattributed card, mailed in 1912. Note the "Norwood Library" above the entrance.


The main library did not use Carnegie funding. The Lorain Branch Carnegie Library is not the same as the Lorain, Ohio Carnegie Library.

Carnegie West Branch Library

(L) Mailed 1914. Fancy church to its left.

(R) Divided back card shows more detail of the Library's front.


Built 1910.
Curious architecture, especially in the quoins and the details on the columns.

Woodland Branch

(L) German 'Litho-Chrome' card, mailed in 1908.
(R) This is another one of the German cards, but made by someone who'd never seen the American flag.


Replaced in 1961 after a 1957 fire. The newer building was remodeled in 2010.

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