The Stupendous Old Cincinnati Library (1874 – 1955)

Built in 1874 on the site reserved for an opera house, the Old Cincinnati Library was a thing of wonder. With five levels of cast iron shelving, a fabulous foyer and an atrium lit by a skylight ceiling, the place was wonder. In 1955 it closed.

 

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Stereoscope users

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Busts of Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, and John Milton

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Catalogers 1899.

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Using the stereopticon slides in the Children’s Room. This picture was taken in the early 1920s.

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Via:  The Cincinnati Public Library. For more information read Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County by John Fleischman.