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Press Room · Photos

160th anniversary

A stereoscope with its stereograph photos.
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A stereoscope with its stereograph photos.
Glass slides for a "magic lantern."
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Glass slides for a "magic lantern."
A projector known as a "magic lantern."
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A projector known as a "magic lantern."
A projector known as a "magic lantern" with its glass slides.
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A projector known as a "magic lantern" with its glass slides.
Glass sides used in an image projector known as a "magic lantern."
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Glass sides used in an image projector known as a "magic lantern."
Photo of "Old Main" circa the late 19th century.
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Photo of "Old Main" circa the late 19th century.
Branch pages on the front steps of the "Old Main" building.
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Branch pages on the front steps of the "Old Main" building.
Cast-iron book alcoves lined the sides of the Main Hall.
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Cast-iron book alcoves lined the sides of the Main Hall.
Looking down at the reading area in the Main Hall.
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Looking down at the reading area in the Main Hall.
Looking back towards the front entrance of the "Old Main" building. Note the stained glass windows at the top of the picture.
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Looking back towards the front entrance of the "Old Main" building. Note the stained glass windows at the top of the picture.
The stained glass windows (along the back wall), can still be seen. After being restored in 2005, they were put on permanent display in the current Main Library.
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The stained glass windows (along the back wall), can still be seen. After being restored in 2005, they were put on permanent display in the current Main Library.
A young customer visits the Children's Room in a photo dated 1923.
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A young customer visits the Children's Room in a photo dated 1923.
The library's first Children's Room opened in 1900.  The first story hour was held there in 1901.
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The library's first Children's Room opened in 1900. The first story hour was held there in 1901.
Children using the stereopticon slides in the Children's Room at "Old Main." This picture was taken in the early 1920s.
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Children using the stereopticon slides in the Children's Room at "Old Main." This picture was taken in the early 1920s.
Catalogers at "Old Main" in a photo dated 1899.
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Catalogers at "Old Main" in a photo dated 1899.
This photograph of children using the stereoscope machines was taken in the Children's Room of the "Old Main" library.
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This photograph of children using the stereoscope machines was taken in the Children's Room of the "Old Main" library.
Alice Plaut (standing) conferring with another staff member about the glass slides for the "magic lantern" projector.
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Alice Plaut (standing) conferring with another staff member about the glass slides for the "magic lantern" projector.
The Fiction Alcove at "Old Main."
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The Fiction Alcove at "Old Main."
"Sixty years ago, 'charging' a book out of the 'Old Main' required an elaborate ballet at the Circulation Desk of rubber stamps, three different cards, and various penciled notations."

— John Fleischman, "Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 1853-2003."
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"Sixty years ago, 'charging' a book out of the 'Old Main' required an elaborate ballet at the Circulation Desk of rubber stamps, three different cards, and various penciled notations." — John Fleischman, "Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 1853-2003."