Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Error
  • JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with id: 52

Seymour Eaton's Libraries

Posted by
has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, October 25, 2008 in Library artifacts
booklovers-72.jpg

At the turn of the 19th century entrepreneur Seymour Eaton established two national commercial libraries that had an impact on Wisconsin. The first of these libraries was the Booklovers Library which provided home delivery of books by subscription. The Booklovers Library might be described as the Netflix of books for this period.  It had a circulation in the millions.


The Milwaukee Library Centre for the Booklovers Library was located at 463 Broadway. This photograph is from a 1902 promotional brochure for the Booklovers Library.


 


 


 


 



booklovers-map-72.jpg

The Booklovers Library pre-dated parcel post so delivery was accomplished through a combination of express companies via train and wagon and the Booklovers Library's own fleet of horse drawn wagons. This illustration from a promotional brochure shows the distribution plan for Eastern Wisconsin.  For more on the Booklovers library click here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The second of Seymour Eaton's libraries was the Tabard Inn Library which was also a paid subscription library. This library had stations in the form of revolving bookcases located in drug stores and other commercial establishments throughout the United States including Wisconsin. The bookcases held 120 books which were changed from a central location every week.




tabardinnview1.jpg

A photograph of a Tabard Inn Library Bookcase which is currently located in the Menasha Public Library. A member deposited five cents in a compartment in the bookcase  The carved message around the top of the bookcase reads "The Best Reading Rooms In the United States Are the Homes of the American People". The Menasha Public Library is on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Trail. For more on the Tabard Inn Library click here.  


 


 


 


 


 


 


Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Thursday, June 27, 2019

Categories

Popular Tags

buil Jerome P. Daniels library memorabilia Larry T. Nix Katharine MacDonald Jones McMillan Memorial Library campaign Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Council on Library and Network Development S. Janice Kee Library People Clarence Brown Lester White House Conference on Library and Information Services Events & Meetings I Love Libraries Special libraries James Huff Stout presentations Nolan I. Neds Academic Librarians UW-Madison school of library and information studies Edward Asahel Birge WLA 125 Bob Bochfer Madison Public Library Helen Adams Wisconsin Library Association Ruby Roeder 10 Milwaukee Art Museum Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends COLAND Wisconsin Historical Society Hall of Fame 2010 DeForest Area Public Library Middleton Public Library Wisconsin Library Bulletin Events & Meetings Gilbert H. Doane WHCLIS anniversaries Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Anniversaries Beaver Dam Public Library Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Library Artifacts Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Increase A. Lapham library legislation Robert Bocher Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries bookworm archives Gertrude Thurow Library History trav Hartford Public Library Hall of Fame 2018 Brown Deer Public Library background Historical Register Brown Deer Public Library Cam 27 Hall of Fame 2018 UW-Milwaukee Libraries John Miller Chancellor Hall of Fame 2015 State Law Library Hall of Fame 2011 Lutie Eugenia Stearns Inform Wisconsin Public library systems Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries School libraries Rusk County Community Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2009 caly film Gerald A. Somers Wayne A. Wiegand Academic Libraries National Library Week Manitowoc Public Library WLA 125 membership libraries 23 American Library Association Library War Service Campaign Milwaukee Public Library Hall of Fame 2013 28 Black River Falls caly film Carnegie libraries 22 Marjorie Sornson Malmberg UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Hall of Fame 2015 ca Exhibits Hall of Fame 2016 Publications Public libraries CCBC Sandra Friedman Dolnick Hall of Fame 2012 Ruth Ann Montgomery Lucy E. Smith Morris Delia Ovitz Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Brown County Library Hall of Fame 2012 Hall fo Fame 2012 Public libraries Hall of Fame 2012 Soughton Public Library Matthew S. Dudgeon Digital Collections World War I campaign Library Systems WLA 125 Dorothea M. Krause Cooperative Children's Book Center J. D. Witter Marketing-Publicity Clinton Public Library 14 20 Louise S. Robbins Wisconsin State Law Library Jane K. Billings campaign 11 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Hall Zona Gale Campaign American Library Association Tower Hill Wisconsin library education Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Campaign Uncategorized Centennial Events Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Orrilla Blackshear Hall of Fame 2015 Woman's Congress Richard E. Krug Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Suring Area Public Library Irene W. Newman Hall of Fame 2015 Wisconsin Free Library Commission Peter G. Hamon Black River Falls Public Library Capitol Fire 1904 Ice Storm Amer Portage Public Library William J. Wilson Appleton Public Library Library Buildings Postcards Oshkosh Public Library 21 Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Library Trustees James Duane Doty Library celebrations Hall of Fame 2015 Evansville Wisconsin Sarah Janice Kee School of Library and Information Studies Hall of Fame 2017 Lowell W. Wilson campa state historical society WAAL Milwaukee Public Library Pinback buttons Library e Ripon Public Library Library Buidlings Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Eratus Swift Wilcox John J. Jax Bookmobiles People library exhibit T. B. Scott Free Public Library Library people Charles Bunge Pewaukee Public Library National Bookmobile Day Bernard Schwab Elroy Public Library caly film WWI Library War Service 24 Anniversaries Hall of Fame 2014 Eager Free Public Library books-by-mail Dianne McAfee Hopkins Meter mail slogans Superior Carnegie Libraries Cornelia Marving Pierce Buttons traveling libraries cam Library people Postcards Wisconsin Free Library Commission Beloit Public Library Klaus Linderfelt Parcel post Postcards Lutie Stearns Hall of Fame 2008 Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs WLA 125 bed and breakfast Carl Spitzweg Postcards Frank Avery Hutchins hall of

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo