Pennsylvania Public Libraries

Cities A-G

 

Occasionally, other philanthropists in Pennsylvania funded libraries.

Aliquippa (B.F. Jones Memorial Library)

Another library with steel philanthropical roots. Opened in 1929.

 

This is a Dexter Press Colorcraft card. In this instance, it's a mis-Colorcraft linen finish postcard.
The library is greyish marble.

Ambridge (Laughlin Memorial Library)

Printed by Curt Teich for S.G. Horlick, but branded IRAS: Superior Quality Brand.

 

Still in use. Became part of the Beaver County Library System in 1971.

Athens (Spalding Memorial Library)

Built in 1897: repaired (?) in 1927. After a 1999 addition, still in use.

 

Sky-Tint brand postcard, never mailed. Its spelling, Spaulding, is in error.

Bedford

Opened in 1944 in response to schoolchildren's needs. It was housed in the Community Center. This building is replaced: I don't know its fate.

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Walmer postcard, printed in Harrisburg.

Canton (Green Free Library)

Still in use.

 

I wonder if the green ink was a special request by Coon's 5C-$1.00 Store of Eagle Post Card View Co.

Carlisle (Herman Bosler Memorial Public Library)

This Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' card, printed in 1917, was mailed in 1919.

 

Transferred to its trustees on Jan. 30, 1900, along with endowment monies. Because of a Bosler family history online, I have the building's dimensions: 57' frontage and 88' deep, located on a 63' x 110' lot. The front was made of Avondale marble, but by whom, I don't know.
Now part of the Cumberland County Library System.

Clarion (Ross Memorial Library)

Oddly, the historical information I had is no longer present on the library history page. And, it's now known as the Clarion Free Library, and dated back to 1914, not the 1920 of before.
The Ross family is no longer mentioned.

 

Art-Glo Postcard mailed in 1958.

Coudersport

Founded 1850. This building is no longer in use.

 

M.B. Thompson & Co. card with an unevenly divided reverse,

Ephrata

No longer in use.

 

Merrimack Post Card: appears to date from the 1950s.

Erie

Tom Jones 'Glace' card, mailed 1909.

Beautiful interior with statuary.

Tichnor Brothers card, mailed 1946. 

It appears to show an addition.

Built in 1899; probably torn down in 1996. The Library has had a tumultuous history.

Fallsington

Founded in 1800. Remarkably, this 1879 building is still in use as a library.

 

You just gotta love some of these messages:

Do you know this  I suppose you were ne[v]er here.

 

Phila. Post Card, mailed in 1906.

Foxburg

Dedicated in 1910.
The Foxburg Free Library is a part of the Clarion County Library System. This building is still in use, containing both the Library and an arts center, but it's beginning to show its age.

 

The postcard was published by E.C. Beecher, and mailed in 1915.

Franklin

Founded in 1894: still in use.

 

The original card has a deckled edge.

Girard (Wilcox Library)

This strange combination of bank and library came about in 1895, according to the Library Journal
Sometime since, library service has become the purview of the Rice Avenue Community Public Library.

 

The postcard was published by the Weiler Publishing Company and printed in Germany before 1907.

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