Stuff I’ve Found at HPL, Part 2

Okay, so Part 1 was quite some time ago.

But we’ve found more stuff. Like this catalog card sorter:

You Know You're Jealous of Our Catalog Card Sorter

I have to say it again: a catalog card sorter.

I missed card catalogs so much the day Cathy found this, not for practical purposes like actually finding something for a patron, but I did always love browsing card catalogs back when they were still around. Sometimes I’d just open a drawer to see what was inside.

Something I found one day were these interlibrary loan envelopes that are both adorable and crazy:



To me, they look like tiny envelopes for teeth, and I’ve been imagining how back in the olden days, you had to cough up a tooth if you wanted an article photocopied and sent from another library. Back when MCLS was hardcore. Also, apparently, we have a half thousand of these envelopes:


I don’t know why the half thousand delights me so, but it does.


  1. Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Someday, when I film the movie I’ve set at a library, I am going to have SO. MUCH. FUN. with the set decorations. (I’d love to film it in a real library – let that be known first and foremost!)

  2. adrienne
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I want to see that movie!

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