Sunday, 17 July 2016
Cranford Library, Surrey Hills
This book had been part of the circulating library known as the Alpha Book Lounge which operated at 321 Napier St, then North Essendon, now Strathmore. The Apha Book Lounge had operated between 1957 and 1974. The Alpha lending stamps inside the book indicate it had been loaned between 1956 and 1960 (though other pages might have been removed), but the back cover, above, shows that the book had previously been part of the collection of the Cranford Library in Surrey Hills. The history of that particular library has been researched by the Surrey Hills history group, and their findings so far have been posted on Facebook: Surrey Hills History Facebook
Advertisements in the For Sale columns of major daily newspapers carried many ads for whole collections of books. Whether this was invariably because of the closing down of a particular business, or part of the process of freshening up their collection is not certain.
It is a long time since dangerous criminals concentrated on jewel-theft for a living. These days the ice is usually of a different kind.
The book is courtesy of Marilyn Kenny via the Book Nook, Christ Church Op Shop, Essendon North