April 26, 2013
The square building at the center of this photo is the Palm Beach Post-Times building on Datura in 1926. The view is from Dixie Highway looking East down Datura. The Harvey Building, still under construction, is in the background, and the West Palm Beach Fire Department and their equipment are in the foreground. (Courtesy of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County)
Oct. 23, 1961: Demolition nears completion on the old Post-Times building at 328 Datura in West Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
The Palm Beach Post gets a new building
July 1960: Aerial shot of the new Post-Times facility on South Dixie Highway.
Nov. 13, 1960: About 2,500 people attend the grand opening of The Palm Beach Post-Times' new building. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
About 1,000 members of the public tour The Palm Beach Post-Times' new building. The hooks hanging from the ceiling carried copy to linotype operators. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
In the composing room in 1960 (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
L. Boswell works with a stereotype dry mat, part of the printing press process of the day. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Journalists work in the newsroom as a maintenance man installs a sign. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
The copy desk the day after John F. Kennedy was elected 35th president of the United States. In those days the copy desk was also called the "U-desk" because of the shape of the desk (the boss sat in the middle to control copy flow). The...
April 17, 2013
National Bookmobile Day has been observed on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010. The first bookmobile in the U.S. was the 1905 horse-drawn "Library Wagon" in Washington County, Maryland.
According to the American Library Association there are 33 bookmobiles in Florida today.
We're not sure when the first bookmobile hit the streets in Palm Beach County (if you know, please share in the comments below, and if we find out, we'll update this post), but we were inspired by this photo on the Florida Memory website to share these photos from the Palm Beach Post photo archive. Click on any of the images below to view a larger version.
Jerminous Brown, 4, in a Treasure Coast bookmobile in December 1977. (C.J. Walker/The Palm Beach Post)
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Owens and 5-month-old Sabrina in the bookmobile, probably in the 1970s. (Guy Ferrell/The Palm Beach Post)
The Palm Beach County Library Bookmobile in 1993. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
The interior of the Palm Beach County Library Bookmobile in 1993. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)...
April 9, 2013
That was the headline on a 1941 Life magazine story about the Institutum Divi Thomae, a Cincinnati-based Catholic-sponsored scientific research organization that took over the old Oasis Club north of The Breakers in the 1940s.
Photos in the Life story showed nuns collecting marine life specimens on the beach, dissecting a shark, and dispensing chemicals from the former Oasis Club bar.
Those same photos reappeared in The Palm Beach Post's Nov. 23, 1941 season preview edition: