Before public school grasped a hold onto America, there was a different way to encourage literacy in the nation. That came in the form of the mobile library. In 1912, the mobile library became one with the automobile, as mass production replaced horse-drawn propulsion.
By the 1930s, mobile libraries were an excellent source for libraries to expand their reach and encourage reading with more people than ever, and this 1931 Chevrolet was tasked with doing the job. Dubbed the 1931 Chevrolet Bookmobile, the vehicle literally houses books of all sorts for the general public to check out and return. Roughly 60 of these bookmobiles existed by 1931, and this is a prime example of days gone by.
Auctions America’s Auburn spring event will see the 1931 Chevrolet off, and it could find a new home for fairly cheap, too. The seller has placed no reserve on the bookmobile, and it’s estimated to see for as little as $5,000.