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25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome

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.

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Minnie Oakley and Florence Baker Hayes, two Wisconsin State Historical Society librarians, 1896. [Photo via]

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One of the original sexy librarians. [Photo via]

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Niagara Falls librarians, 1955. [Photo via]

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Clyde King, Atlantic County Library System’s bookmobile driver circa 1955. [Photo via]

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Fiction Department, 1960s. [Photo via]

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A librarian reaching for the top shelf of the card catalog. [Photo via]

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A librarian at the British Library of Political and Economic Science collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964. [Photo via]

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Children lined up at the Chatham Square Branch librarian’s desk, 1910. [Photo via]

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Three men dusting books at the New York Public Library, 1913. [Photo via]

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The young people’s librarian and students, New York’s Aguilar Branch, 1938. [Photo via]

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Augusta Baker, who worked in Children’s Services at The New York Public Library from 1937 to 1974. [Photo via]

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Fanny Kuter, the librarian circa 1950 at the Ladies Free Library in South Dansville, NY. [Photo via]

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Librarian Katherine Case at the Pack Memorial Library Bookmobile in Asheville, NC. Circa late 1940s – early 1950s. [Photo via]

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Los Angeles Public Library clerk using photo-charging machine, 1950. [Photo via]

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A librarian in the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, 1950. [Photo via]

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Paul Brockett, Librarian at the Smithsonian National Academy of Science, 1924. [Photo via]

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Brig. Gen. R.E. Noble, Librarian of Army Medical Library, 1924. [Photo via]

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The school librarian and one of her student assistants at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington D.C., 1943. [Photo via]

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A librarian telling an Ojibwa legend to a roomful of children at the Queens Borough Public Library, 1910. [Photo via]

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The Librarian at Tuskegee, Alabama and his assistant, 1910. [Photo via]

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A librarian helps a young hooligan. [Photo via]

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Librarian with young reader in Browsing Room of the Nathan Strauss Branch for Young People. [Photo via]

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Miss Eleanor Ayoub, Branch Librarian, New Drop Regional Branch, 1972. [Photo via]

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A librarian tells a story at the Webster Branch of the New York Public Library, 1910. [Photo via]

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The future is now. [Photo via]

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