Buckram Bindings at MCL

Caleb Tucker-Raymond’s curiosity was piqued by books covered in Buckram cloth at Multnomah County Library:

From some point after its incoporation to the early 80s, the Library Association of Portland, which later became Multnomah County Library, operated its own bindery. Besides visually and texturally uniting runs of periodicals and sets of reference books on the shelves, the bindery, together with the mending department, breathed new life into well-read books.

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He’s started a collection of these striking covers which is fun to browse. Thanks, Caleb!

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