Cards from the Rapidly-Disappearing
Library Card Catalog

Thanks to Margaret Rohdy for her help in obtaining these cards

The Handbook of the Library issued in 1927, advised that while "most of the cards are white, it may assist readers to know that all cards with the top edge coloured red and with the first line in red ink are subject cards." Green, blue and yellow cards were used as subject cards for books of Biography, Bibliography and Criticism respectively. Though the use of coloured cards was soon abandoned, the typing of subject headings in red continued. However, on computer-generated cards, subjects appear in upper-case letters, while other headings are printed in a combination of upper and lower case.

-Sue Jacobson, March 1984

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