The Bookshop's Book Caravan

Book caravan painting The Caravan was outfitted to Bertha's specifications by Charles Hodgkins.
This painting is probably his work.


In the summers of 1920 and 1921, Bertha Mahony had a truck outfitted to sell books and trained two booksellers from her Bookshop for Boys and Girls to drive and maintain it. Though the Book Caravan was a commercial flop, it got plenty of attention in its day, including featured stories by all the movie reel companies. In the slideshow below you can see images of the caravan and the diary its drivers kept in the summer of 1921. You can read about the caravan in detail in Barbara Bader's 1999 Horn Book Magazine article, "Treasure Island by the Roadside." We also offer transcriptions of selected pages from the caravan diary and a slideshow of newspaper clippings.

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Braden Bills

It's interesting to see how books were traded back in the day. I think it's fun to look back at how far we've come! From buying books from cars to buying them online!

Posted : Mar 30, 2017 04:20


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