Ohio is traditionally considered to have the best public library service among the states. They certainly started off with a boatload of Carnegie grant money.
Note that the Dayton card (left) shows two Carnegie branch buildings plus its signature Romanesque main library.
1912 grant, building finished 1913. Currently used as book storage, which seems a little odd.
This is a genuine Blue-Sky card by Curt Teich. The Ripley card below is a pallid imitation, a poseur of a post card.
1903 grant. Built 1905. When I first made this site, Norwalk had expansion plans, which the sour economy seems to have kiboshed.
(L) Impressive brick building.
(R) Not much of a card, I confess, but the message on the back is really something:
This is Mon night and I am as blue as indigo if I had a certain man here (L----) I would biff him one.---
If the Lord ever gets me out of Zanesville I will promise him never to come back anymore.
At one point, this building served both Oberlin College and the Oberlin residents.
The college applied for the 1907 grant. First came a 1939 expansion,
then the college (Spears) library moved on in 1974. The public library moved on in
Currently in use by the college's geology department.
(L) This card was sent to Helen Barstow, a librarian at
Grand Rapids Public Library, in 1911. Occasionally the cryptic messages on these
postcards are wonderful.
(R) Card mailed 1912. Publisher: A.G. Comings and Sons, Oberlin, O.
(L) Leiter Post Card. Notice the suspended clock. This clearly resembles a college reading
room. The form of the windows indicates that the room was indeed in the Carnegie building.
(R) Card, from the National Post Card Company, mailed 1939. There is a distinct difference in the layout between the photos. The windows at the right of the card are more Gothic. I think they moved either the statue, or the tables and card catalogs.
Pomeroy was featured in the 2009 novel Await Your Reply.
Carnegie Library and U.S. Post Office, Pomeroy, Ohio.
'Showing the Ohio Hills in the Background.' Whatever, Curt Teich.
1912 grant. Building replaced in 1989, and the library is now the Meigs County Library.
1902 grant: built in 1906.
Still in use, but with 1971 and 1995 additions, per Wikipedia (not my normal go-to source).
(L) Yet another Clear View brand card, mailed in 1940.
From the more recent card (lower R):
Located at 1220 Gallia Street. Henry A. Lorberg induced Andrew Carnegie to donate $50,000 and this structure built of native stone was completed in 1903. The 'Ohio Room' is devoted exclusively to Ohio and Northwest Territory history. Museum section displays Indian Relics from local mounds.
The E.C. Kropp card (lower L) expounds:
'Tremper Mound,' three miles from city, is the source of numerous Indian Relics displayed at the Public Library. Portsmouth is the Gateway to Shawnee Forest and Roosevelt Game Preserve. 'Ohio's Little Smokies,' a scenic wonderland of many hills skirted by picturesque drives from valley to peak.
Hey, I'm not making this stuff up, and the writers capitalize like German speakers.
history on the library's website.
Prairie-style library built by Wausau, WI architects and, believe it or not, featuring Rookwood glazed tiles (also seen on the Avondale Branch Carnegie Library). How cool is that!
Built 1905 from 1903 grant monies. Expanded in 1931 and 1984.
Still in use.
I. Robbins and Son 'IRAS' card, printed by Curt Teich ca. 1914.
Who says Carnegie Libraries all look alike?
Another card from the Helen Barstow collection:
To warn you I come back empty-handed.
E M Heikin
Late 1899 grant. Still in use, but with branches, and a 2004 expansion.
1899 grant, back when you could get away with a clock tower, and all those other fripperies. Opened 1902. In 1936, became the flagship for countywide service. With the assistance of a handful of branches, the Carnegie building is still in service.
This is an I. Robbins and Son card, showing Holy Name Church in the background.
Pleasant Prairie architecture that is not improved by the ham-fisted retouchers on this Kinley Dept. Store postcard.
Although the community still maintains a distinct library, apparently it is no longer in the Carnegie building.
1903 grant. Built 1906. Replaced in 1971.
PCK series postcard, mailed in 1907. The library is flanked by the Christian Church and Danna's (sic) Musical Institute. The last was founded in 1869, incorporated into Youngstown College (now Youngstown State University) in 1941.
But I don't know if the Carnegie building is still standing.
AKA Washington C.H.
Still known as the Carnegie Public Library, from a late December 1901 grant.
(L) This is another silver (or grey) border monochrome 'Clear View' card from the Wayne Paper Box firm, which produced many cards of midwestern libraries.
(R) H.R. Rodecker card, nicely tinted.
Late 1903 grant. Still in use, with an addition showing in the drawing on the library's web page.
Dormers (Lutheran windows) are rather uncommon on Carnegie libraries. You can't see how deep the Georgian-styled building is, but a basement, two storeys, and three dormers give a lot of apparent space.
Lyon & Co. tinted card shows an orchard to the left. Mailed in 1908.
Late 1906 grant.
Somewhat of an eclectic building with mixed brick, vaguely Gothic windows, odd ornamentation at the roof line, and a tile roof. Photo appears to show construction.
Poor quality C.C. Cottrell 'Excelsior' card printed on very thin stock. Mailed in 1912.
1902 grant. Still in use. However, it has undergone five renovations, one of which was the 1938 Samuel Walker Annex, and another, the 1997 expansion. Like Waukesha, Wisconsin's Carnegie library, the original entrance is no longer in use.
Photo postcard, never mailed, without any further identification beyond the caption.
When is a Carnegie building not a Carnegie Library?
Apparently this 1905 library building received Carnegie funding after a fire.
Commercialchrome card showing 9 people posing in front.
1902 grant. Renovated, 1936. Damaged in the 1974
tornado, vacated in 1978. Damage shown
on an Ohio Memory
NB: If you are ever in a library, and staff tells you to take cover because of a tornado warning, do so. You do not want to be among falling bookshelves and flying glass.
Curt Teich card apparently predates the renovation. Over the door reads 'Free to the People.'
The Public Library of Youngstown and
Mahoning County's web site informs us that McMillan was a Superintendent of Schools.
Its Carnegie grant came in 1907, and the architect was Charles F. Owsley, who could never be accused of running off with the money.
That said, it needed remodeling in 1954, and was expanded in the mid-1990s.
Spiffy 1951 Curt Teich linen finish postcard.
Apparently unfazed by
Late 1905 grant.
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