LaGrange Negro Library, LaGrange, Georgia

1952-1962 LaGrange Negro Library Borrower’s Card No. 3346 issued to Edward Paige, Jr.

1952-1962 LaGrange Negro Library Borrower’s Card No. 3346 issued to Edward Paige, Jr. (front)
1952-1962 LaGrange Negro Library Borrower’s Card No. 3346 issued to Edward Paige, Jr. (back)

LaGrange Negro Library

Established after 1951 with local funding, the LaGrange Negro Library was part of the Negro Library Community Center in LaGrange.  

Edward Paige, Jr.

Edward Paige, Jr.  (1933-1978) served as a Private First Class for the US Army during the Korean War.

Girard Free Library, Girard, Ohio

Girard Free Library Card No. Y 1708 issued to Sallie Miles

Girard Free Library, Library Card No. Y 1708 (expiration Nov. 1964) (front)
Girard Free Library, Library Card No. Y 1708 (expiration Nov. 1964) (back)
Girard Free Library, Library Card No. Y 1708 (member number type plate)

Girard Free Library

The Girard Free Library opened in 1921 and was housed in the 1861 Italianate-style building formerly called the Union School, Girard’s first school house.  Prior to  the opening of the library, the Union School was converted to the Village Hall, and subsequently, upon a large population surge and city incorporation, the Village Hall was converted to the City Building and became the home of the first public library in 1921. The Girard Public Library was located in the City Building until 1973 after which a new contemporary building was constructed on East Prospect Street, where the library can be found today.

Girard Town Hall (formerly the Union School) (pre 1923 postcard in the public domain)

Sallie Miles

Sallie I. Miles (1947-2011) was a 25+ year employee of RMI Titanium Co. in Niles, Ohio.  She attended Capitol University in Columbus with an emphasis in music and later attended Youngstown State University’s Engineering Department.

The Abraham Lincoln Library, Saigon, Vietnam

Library Membership Card No. 15-186 issued to Mr. To Ky Nghia

1961 The Abraham Lincoln Library Card (front)
1961 The Abraham Lincoln Library Card (center)
1961 The Abraham Lincoln Library Card (back)

The Abraham Lincoln Library, Saigon

The Abraham Lincoln Library was located in The Rex Complex on Nguyễn Huệ Street in Saigon.  The Rex Complex was designed by Vietnamese architect, Lê Van Cấu, for husband and wife, Nguyễn Phúc Ung Thị and Nguyen Thi Nguyet Nga.  Mr. Ung, a wealthy businessman  born into the Nguyễn dynasty, had long desired to obtain the property located near the Hotel de Ville, which was formerly occupied by a Citroën dealership.  In 1959, his wish came true and he and his wife began to renovate the building into a modern 100-room hotel. The renovated hotel featured the first escalator in Vietnam, three cinemas, a cafeteria, a dance hall, and the Abraham Lincoln Library.

Due to the Vietnam war, The Rex Complex was involuntarily surrendered to the Saigon Tourism Bureau in 1975.  In 1976, Ung Thi left Vietnam to join his wife and children in France where they remained until their deaths. The Rex Complex was renamed The Rex Hotel in 1986 and classified as a 5 star hotel in 2008.

The Abraham Lincoln Library located within the Rex Complex (postcard with no known copyright restrictions)

To Ky Nghia

Mr. To Ky Nghia lived at 15/83 Nguyen Trail in Cholon, Saigon, Vietnam.  

To Ky Nghia (no known copyright restrictions)