Greenfield Regional Library Center's book delivery truck, circa 1949.
(Image from MBLC files)
In 1949: "Books circulated [to 90 communities] via bookmobile from [the] Fall River, Greenfield, and Pittsfield Regional Library Centers."1
State bookmobile service has evolved into an extensive system of interlibrary loans (ILL) and robust statewide delivery service. From July 2013 to June 2014, 6.7 million ILL items circulated between Massachusetts's libraries, predominantly through Optima, a courier delivery service, for the Massachusetts Library System.
What else happened in 1949?
1. Sixtieth Annual Report of the Board of Free Public Library Commissioners for the Year Ending June 30, 1949.
2. www.bbc.co.uk [link].
3. Color television - Wikipedia entry [link].