- Bookmobiles have provided an outstanding social service, bringing the library to the people. The origins of the bookmobile can be traced to British Prime Minister Disraeli, who in 1859 started the first ""books on wheels"" program using horse drawn wagons. Initially called ""travelling libraries"" or ""mobile service,"" the idea was brought to the United States in 1905 by Mary Titcomb of Hagerstown, Maryland. Early bookmobiles, similar to the featured Louisiana Bookmobile, were simple delivery trucks fitted with reversible shelves. SIRS honors America's Public Libraries, including bookmobiles, with this timeless print. This print, the fourth of a limited-edition collection, recognizes the essential role public libraries play in our society.
- The Bookmobile, Bringing the Library to the People, Louisiana Bookmobile, circa 1950