In the Stacks: Los Angeles Public Library

For this installment of In the Stacks we visit the vast online archive of the Los Angeles Public Library. Enjoy!

A couple of Bookmobiles:

 Decorated Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile, 1974. Photo by Joe Friezer




Bookmobile at Stonehurst School, 1957. Photo by Milton Martinez 

A few for the political crowd:

 Books for freedom, 1964. Photo by George Brich


 American Nazi party pickets bookshop, 1962

Books for a Strong America” a right leaning display in a Northridge Hughes Market. 1962


Some general book treats:

 Caption for this one:  “Wrapped in Thought. Four-year-old Philip Ross finds “ABC Easter Bunny” more interesting than his guns and spurs, 1960




 Mark Twain Branch book march and rally, 1971




 Books and a cake at Panorama City Branch ca. 1960

and of course since it is LA:

 Bette Davis signs books, 1988. Photo by Leo Jarzomb

 Vanna White at book signing, 1987. Photo by Tom Zimmerman
Jay Leno book signing, 1991. Photo by Tom Zimmerman


Previously on Book Patrol:

In the Stacks: Boston Public Library

This is the first installment of a new series on Book Patrol. In the Stacks. A series dedicated to exploring the digital archives of the leading libraries, institutions and organizations of the known universe
First up is the Boston Public Library who recently released over 15,000 images from their archive through Flickr.

1895 advertising poster for Houghton Mifflin’s holiday books



Got to love this shot of kids learning “the right use of books”

South Boston’s class in the right use of books

BPL is the home of a tremendous collection of books designed by Sarah Wyman Whitman, the first major American professional book designer.




Dorchester Branch, Summer reading club




 Hospital Library service

Who knew this is where the girls who use ink hung out

Memorial Branch Library, Roxbury, Miss Flanagan & high school pupils

Also of note at BPL is the current exhibition The Public Life of Poetry: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, and Their Contemporaries on view in the Rare Books lobby at the Central Library.