Was it standard to have gun racks in libraries in 1959?

Ever since Chela mentioned offhand at lunch the other day that the BHS library had once had gun racks, my imagination was captured. I once helped move insanely heavy boxes of muskets in our storage and wondered where and when they’d been on exhibit.

Well, thanks to the “Random Images” button in our online photo search of the John D. Morrell collection, an image popped up which quelled my curiosity.

BHS (f.k.a. Long Island Historical Society) Library

Gun Rack in the BHS (f.k.a. Long Island Historical Society) Library

I highly recommend searching around in those photos. There are some real gems! Here are a couple more photos apparently taken on the same day in November, 1959:

Guy’s Painting of Brooklyn at Long Island Historical Society.

Francis Guy’s Painting of Brooklyn at Long Island Historical Society."

Old director’s room, Long Island Historical Society.

Old director’s room, Long Island Historical Society.

About Todd Florio

Todd is the Head of School Programs at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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