In the days before the computerized world-wide-web became a reality, American society had already developed an extensive system of libraries. These buildings had extensive rows and rows of books and patrons were encouraged to leisurely browse among the volumes. In case one couldn't find the information needed, then an extensive network of libraries from all over the world was available to seek out the requested information.
1. Warder Library, Springfield, Ohio --enamel
2. Carnegie Library, Marion, Ohio --Shakespeare handle
3. Billings, Montana -- Elk handle
4. Watertown, South Dakota
The free public library system which we enjoy is partially a product of the Carnegie Foundation. Andrew Carnegie made a huge fortune in steel manufacturing and then strove to give much of it away. His foundation arranged for over 1600 free standing library buildings to be built. His money was not given gratis, however. Every community receiving funds to build a library was required to make arrangements for the purchase of books and to hire librarians on an on-going basis. All of the libraries were to provide free access.
The opening of a public library in a community was the cause for great celebration.
Sometimes A few spoons would be hand engraved with a picture of the new library.
In most cases, a dozen or less spoons would be made for a relatively small library.
In major cities, large libraries became tourist attractions and more spoons were created.
1. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3. Kendall Young library, Webster City, Louisiana
4. Dallas, Texas
1. Dixon, Illinois
2. Carnegie library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3. Freeport, Illinois
4. Portland, Oregon
5. New Library of Congress, Washington DC
1. Smiley Library, Redlands, California (I have visited this library which is now a historical building)
2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4. Redbluff, California
1. Carnegie Ellsworth, Iowa Falls, Iowa
2. Pomona, California
3. Carnegie Library, Shelbyville, Indiana (acid engraved)
4. New Library, Washington DC (Library of Congress)
1. Great Bend, Kansas
2. Pekin, Illinois
3. Carnegie library, Attica, Indiana
4. University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
1. Toledo, Ohio
2. York, Nebraska
3. Marquette, Michigan
4. Toulon, Illinois
1. Carnegie Library, Marion, Iowa
2. Toledo,Ohio -Webfoot handle
3. Public Library, Eagle Grove, Iowa
4. Easton, Pennsylvania
1. Whitewater, Wisconsin
2. Public Library, Nebraska City, Nebraska
3. Madison City, Iowa
1. Oregon, Illinois
2. Davenport, Iowa
3. Carnegie Library, Chanute, Kansas
4. Smiley Library, Redlands, Calif.
1. Butte, Montana
2. Blackstone Public Library, Branford, Connecticut
3. Oskaloosa, Iowa
4. Corona, California
In case you would like to learn more about spoons or libraries than the WWW can provide, you are encouraged to use the "old fashioned" approach and use the facilities of your local library.
The New Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (embossed)
Engraved library from Redlands, Ca. with an enameled orange blossom stemSome detail views may be seen by clicking here
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