I wondered if this one was the one that hung at Leary's Book Store in Philadelphia. Leary's is remembered fondly and well by throngs of bibliophiles, and many remembrances can be found online. It closed in 1968 after operating for "nearly 100 years" and the building was torn down. The quotes are because no one is quite 100% sure when Leary's was founded, but their history as a book selling operation certainly goes back well over 100 years.
Leary's has a long history, and its archives are preserved at Temple University. I had no experience at Leary's being born a decade after it closed, very, very far from Philadelphia, but sounds like a place I would have loved to visit. 500,000 books? Road trip worthy!
|1893, Leary, Stuart & Co.|
|1902, Leary, Stuart & Co.|
|1955 postcard featuring The Bookworm |
hung from mezzanine
|The Bookworm sign on the exterior of Leary's in 1920.|