Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bookmobiles (and such)

The Halifax Regional Municipality still operates this bookmobile - at least for the current financial year. Threatened with the budgetary axe in April, it was saved for one more year, but by the looks of it, it will need some work to stay on the road for much longer.
Built on a Bluebird bus body the rolling library was still rolling this morning, but it was coming out of the repair shop when I caught it.

Speaking of book mobiles, the Gerstenslager Corp of Wooster, OH was the premier US bookmobile builder. They built thousands between 1956 and 1986, along with delivery bodies and fire rescue bodies on commercial chassis. The company was founded in 1860 as a carriage maker and became part of Worthington Industries in 1997, but still maintains its identity. Its plants now turn out car parts, like doors, for current models, but also have an inventory of molds to produce body panels for older vehicles.

Despite their bus like appearance, the Gerstenslager bookmobiles were developed independently (Gerstenslager never built buses.)

The unit shown was spotted in Malone, NY, September 16, 1986.



  1. Lmao I own that book mobile right now it's in my driveway
    That exact one!!

    1. Amazing. As it is the only Gerstenslager bookmobiile photo in my collection, I'm glad I published it and I'm glad you found it!