Three men at dusting books

Digital ID: 1153325. Date depicted: 1913


Source: New York Public Library Visual Materials / Lantern Slides / Research Library / Cleaning (more info)


Repository: The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.


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  • BobMeade 6y

    I think the two men at left are in prison garb, and the man at right is in guard's or warder's uniform.

    When looking at the associated photograph
    Three men at dusting books, one bent over by New York Public Library

    I wondered why they were flicking the dust onto the books carefully laid on the ground, but now I see that they are using a type of vacuum device with a brush head.

    We can see the hose attached to the head, and extending behind the men at right.
  • BigBean 6y

    Hi, this photo has been mentioned in a discussion thread in the Flickr Commons group, and we'd love to have this added to the group pool!
  • Lisanne! 6y

    I seldom see dust in libraries. Is that mainly because of ventilation systems? Or do they still literally dust the shelves?
  • Lú_ 6y

    This image has been used in Rob Ketcherside's 'Across the Commons' post Clean Up Yer Mess. (When I worked in libraries, we read the shelves, but I don't think we every dusted them.)

  • Lynchburg College Archives 2y

    We need more men to dust the books!
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