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160th anniversary

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A stereoscope with its stereograph photos.
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Glass slides for a "magic lantern."
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A projector known as a "magic lantern."
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A projector known as a "magic lantern" with its glass slides.
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Glass sides used in an image projector known as a "magic lantern."
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Photo of "Old Main" circa the late 19th century.
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Branch pages on the front steps of the "Old Main" building.
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Cast-iron book alcoves lined the sides of the Main Hall.
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Looking down at the reading area in the Main Hall.
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Looking back towards the front entrance of the "Old Main" building. Note the stained glass windows at the top of the picture.
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The stained glass windows (along the back wall), can still be seen. After being restored in 2005, they were put on permanent display in the current Main Library.
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A young customer visits the Children's Room in a photo dated 1923.
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The library's first Children's Room opened in 1900. The first story hour was held there in 1901.
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Children using the stereopticon slides in the Children's Room at "Old Main." This picture was taken in the early 1920s.
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Catalogers at "Old Main" in a photo dated 1899.
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This photograph of children using the stereoscope machines was taken in the Children's Room of the "Old Main" library.
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Alice Plaut (standing) conferring with another staff member about the glass slides for the "magic lantern" projector.
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The Fiction Alcove at "Old Main."
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"Sixty years ago, 'charging' a book out of the 'Old Main' required an elaborate ballet at the Circulation Desk of rubber stamps, three different cards, and various penciled notations." — John Fleischman, "Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 1853-2003."