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    Card Catalogs

    Dealing mostly with card catalogs repurposed for the home, but some classic library photos have slipped in, as have some "card-catalog-like" storage cabinets. For more about libraries, librarianship, reading, books, or bookshelves, there are separate boards.

    Card Catalogs

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    "A photo of the [University of Arkansas] library's old card catalog area, taken by Professor Walter J. Lemke while his journalism class was studying there in 1942 (Image Collection 1402)."

    Library Catalog Unavailable During Maintenance Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Previous pinner: "backsplash tile used as the top for kitchen card catalog buffet" -- SH: Stunning! See shot of this whole piece here:

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    "5-Drawer Card Catalogue" -- Nice vintage staging vignette for this Craigslist item in Vancouver.

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    The glorious card catalog from the set of "The Librarians" -- I want to move in! Totally agree with the author of the click-through, "First impressions: The Librarians": "Oh, and I didn’t want to forget to mention one of the major stars of the show, as far as I was concerned: the totally awesome card catalog that wraps along one side of the staircase in the library office." See more shots of this amazing set here:

    First impressions: 'The Librarians'

    "Flooding Threatens The [New York] Times’s Picture Archive" -- Fortunately, their card catalog [drawer shown], never digitized, and the key to accessing the estimated 6 million items in the collection, was protected by boxes stacked on top which absorbed much of the water before reaching the cards.

    Flooding Threatens The Times’s Picture Archive

    "The Book Closes on Card Catalog Era ... as world moves digital." -- Nice news video at the click-through showing photos of various stages of the production of catalog cards, gives statistics about OCLC, plus provides a clip of Lisa Simpson showing Bart the card catalog.

    The Book Closes On Card Catalog Era

    "Card Catalog Wallpaper," by Debbie Mckeegan, via Anthropologie

    Card Catalog Wallpaper

    "Inside Sasha Emerson's Chic Cottage," photo by Lisa Romerein, in Country Living -- Click through for particulars. I pretty much love every bit of this room! [Slide 5 of 10]

    Sasha Emerson's Chic Cottage

    "Creating Catalog Cards" -- Another entry in the waxing nostalgic category, this shows how the cards used to be individually produced, including the typewriter platens, guide cards, and more. Fun!

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    If you know what this is, I'm surprised! --> "REDUCED Rare Unique Vintage Mad Men-Era Brodart Electric Eraser..." from WineKnow, via Etsy -- Been waxing nostalgic about card catalogs with the OCLC announcement that they will no longer produce cards and this was what you used "back in the day" to work with the cards themselves.

    REDUCED! Rare, Unique, Vintage Mad Men-Era Brodart Electric Eraser with Original Spare Eraser Heads

    "Dublin’s OCLC prints last library catalog card" ... "Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, [October 1, 2015] an era ended." Shown: "OCLC President and CEO Skip Prichard shows a library catalog card printed at the Dublin headquarters." Photo: Doral Chenoweth III -- SH: Pardon me while I pause a moment and sniffle a bit...

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    A rather wonderful still from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" filmed in front of a card catalog at the NY Public Library. From the click-through, "13 Of The Best Library Scenes In Movies"

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    "The Wooton's Patent Desk ~ The King of Desks!" via bricolage -- I think I'm in love with this desk with its card-catalog-like attachment! See several other models and read the history of this wonder at the click-through.

    The Wooton's Patent Desk ~ The King of Desks!

    "Immortality," by Jiffy Cat, via Flickr -- "Immortality... Can be found in the card catalog..." at the Providence, Rhode Island, Athenaeum. [See the library here:] Click through to the comments for more information about the handwritten cards in this collection.

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    Previous pinner: "Love this!" -- SH: Me, too...the oh-so-light pink and aqua card catalog drawers are droolworthy. Photo is no longer in the click-through stream, but you can see the upper left drawers in the lower right corner of this photo of the workshop where these live:

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    Another photo from "24 Creative Craft Room Storage Ideas," this lovely craft room with the card-catalog-like piece no longer connects at the source given. Love the printer's drawer, too!

    24 Creative Craft Room Storage Ideas

    "Ikea drawers and vintage library card storage in the craft room" -- This is from "24 Creative Craft Room Storage Ideas" and the original source is margamarina.blogs...

    24 Creative Craft Room Storage Ideas

    "Color Reference Drawers" -- These rather adorable card-catalog-inspired drawers are out of stock at the click-through right now, but expected "in early August" (2015). All white/grey unit, "Dewey Decimal Drawers" (no longer available) can be seen here:

    Color Reference Drawers

    "Call of the Wild" -- Click through to see details of Jack London's cottage (his ranch is now a state park and museum in Glen Ellen, California). I love everything about this room, but especially the revolving bookcase and the card catalog in the corner. Several other views here:

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    From the Twitter feed of the Library of Congress: #TBT Think card catalogs are #oldschool? Not in #NewsRR -- We use ‘em daily!

    Library of Congress on Twitter

    Previous pinner: "Fall" in love with your library - READ! (Olney Central College - Anderson Library)

    "Fall" in love with your library. Olney Central...

    From Allie Affinito: "Wanted to share the recent tattoo I got, it's a card catalog [drawer]." -- Yay!

    Allie Affinito - Photos from Allie Affinito's post in...

    "Other uses found for library card catalogs" -- Interesting article at the click-through talking mostly about small libraries where card catalogs still exist. Shown: "Norwell Public Library has an old card catalog cabinet that is used to hold seed packets for a seed-lending program."

    Card catalog cabinets endure in some smaller libraries, find new uses elsewhere - The Boston Globe

    " 'It's in the Cards,' an interactive, expanding art exhibit at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University, features old library catalog cards that have been turned into art and poetry. Students, staff, faculty and members of the community are invited to create new pieces to add to the exhibit at the "It's in the Cards" Art Party, a free event that will include art supplies, snacks and music on April 23 [2015] from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Jones Room." -- Shown: "Leaves of Grass" -- Sounds fun; click through for more photos.

    'It's in the Cards' exhibit creates art, poetry from old library catalog cards

    "Turn IKEA Cubbies into a Rustic Apothecary Chest -- If you didn’t see the before pictures you’d probably never guess that the rustic apothecary chest on the right was actually made from a basic IKEA cubby console." -- Note: This is not 32 drawers, but the same 8 cubbies plus 2 doors. How-tos and many more photos at source here: sawdust2stitches....

    Turn IKEA Cubbies into a Rustic Apothecary Chest