I’m a bit late in wishing Aberdeen Central Library a happy birthday, but I suppose once you’re 120 years old, a few weeks doesn’t make much odds! I love the library and have visited it very regularly over the years. It is one of the granite trio of buildings called by locals “Education, Salvation and Damnation” – the library, St. Mark’s church, and His Majesty’s Theatre:
Last month they celebrated their 120th birthday, and have some interesting exhibits, including this fetching outfit:
I’m always drawn to old-fashioned silhouettes and longer skirts, but in reality I would have hated to have to wear a corset!
I wondered what people were reading in 1892 when the library opened. Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, George Gissing, Oscar Wilde? 1892 was the year that the feminist classic, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” was published. I somehow have a hard time imagining that the patrons of Aberdeen Central Library would have been reading Oscar Wilde and “The Yellow Wallpaper” – but you never know!