Bookshelf of the Week: Hospital book cart, 1928

Hospital book cart, 1928

With Bookshelf of the Week making its welcome return, I thought I’d hit you with something not only vintage but a little quirky too.

I’m sure many of you will have already seen this image captured in 1928, but I think it’s worth showing again if only to reinforce the idea of having a bookshelf wheeled directly to your bedside.

Of course this particular bookshelf on wheels – implemented by the LA Public Library as part of a program to bring books to the sick – is being employed to help poor souls who may be a little too infirm to make it on to their feet, but I see no reason why any recumbent bibliophile or Proust wannabe shouldn’t make use of such a glorious contraption.

I dearly want one, and if I can fish the old pram wheels out of the river near my house then I’m going to build one. But then comes the difficult bit – convincing my dear wife of the need for her to wheel it to my bedside every evening :).

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).