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 term persists today. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
The Palm Beach Post-Times’ downtown Lake Worth bureau in the 1960s. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
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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)
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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:
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The Historical Society of Palm Beach County collection catalog is now available for searching and browsing online. More than 14,000 images and 26,000 names are included in the online catalog — not everything in the whole historical society collection, but it’s a great way to get to begin your local historical research. Try the random images link to see a sampling of what’s there.
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Lake Worth beach in the early 1920s (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County)
Lake Worth beach, February 1969 (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
April 16, 1969: The series of small shops on Riviera Beach’s municipal beach would soon be demolished in preparation for construction of a new shopping area and restaurant. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Dec. 29, 1975: Holiday beach-goers at the Lake Worth public beach. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
April 4, 1983: Lake Worth Beach was packed with sun worshipers on Easter weekend. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
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