Librarians, in case you hadn’t heard, are essential members of society — likely to expand minds wherever they go — and, as such, are fully worthy of hero worship (whether they’re among the coolest librarians alive or just pretty cool). That’s at least part of the impetus behind My Daguerreotype Librarian, “[a] tumblr dedicated to literally or figuratively hunky and babely librarians from the past.” Inspired by the website, here’s a little extra literary goodness: 25 awesome vintage photos of librarians from ages past, either shown or linked below.
Children lined up at the Chatham Square Branch librarian’s desk, 1910 (above).
The young people’s librarian and students, New York’s Aguilar Branch, 1938 (above).
Paul Brockett, Librarian at the Smithsonian National Academy of Science, 1924 (above).
Brig. Gen. R.E. Noble, Librarian of Army Medical Library, 1924 (above).
The school librarian and one of her student assistants at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington D.C., 1943 (above).
A librarian telling an Ojibwa legend to a roomful of children at the Queens Borough Public Library, 1910 (above).
The Librarian at Tuskegee, Alabama and his assistant, 1910 (above).
A librarian helps a young hooligan (above).
Librarian with young reader in Browsing Room of the Nathan Strauss Branch for Young People (above).
Miss Eleanor Ayoub, Branch Librarian, New Drop Regional Branch, 1972 (above).
A librarian tells a story at the Webster Branch of the New York Public Library, 1910 (above).