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Posted by Laurie Frost on October 12, 2010

This WPA poster for the Illinois library system from the 1930s sent me on a search for “reading books” in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at the Library of Congress, the source for these images for which there are “no known restrictions” on use.

October's "bright blue weather" A good time to read!.

Artist: Albert M. Bender.  LC-USZC2-854  



“Dig” / Sadie Wendell Mitchell. 1909. LC-DIG-ppmsca-15753


Sibyl reading a book

 Chiaroscuro woodcut by Raphael, dated between 1500 and 1530, showing the Cumaean Sibyl reading a book by the light of a torch held by a child.


The last chapter

 A.S. Jackson. 1897.  The last chapter. LC-USZ62-92176

[Adirondack Mountains, N.Y.: Absorbed - man reading by fireplace]

Adirondack Mountains, N.Y.: Absorbed – man reading by fireplace c. 1888.  LC-USZ62-74963

The camp library is yours - Read to win the war

The camp library is yours – Read to win the war 

C. B. Buckles. 1917.  LC-USZC4-10022


The Story of Harper's Ferry

The Story of Harper’s Ferry. 1904. LC-USZ62-63531

Noah Webster, 1758-1843

Noah Webster, 1758-1843. Engraving from 1867. LC-USZ62-78299

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