Although largely forgotten today, Commuter Libraries were very common during the Depression. Often called Circulating Libraries or Public Lending Libraries, these for profit businesses rented books to the public, charging a standard 3 cents a day per book. In a way they were something akin to today’s video rental stores. The majority of Commuter Libraries were book stores which had turned to renting inventory out after the Depression had killed sales. The rest of the Commuter Libraries were side businesses located in pool halls, taverns, drug stores and tobacco shops. Most new material introduced into these smaller libraries was erotic in nature. Godwin’s sales manager Sam Curl had created a third network of Commuter Libraries centered on train depots, in-train concessions, hotels and general stores.
We sell antiques and old books that are 50-250+ years old. In their day, many of these items were considered objectionable and obscene. In most places they were illegal at one time or another and had to be sold underground.
Although freedom of expression has come a long way in the last 60 years, we understand that, while perfectly legal, some of this material might still be objectionable to some viewers.
If you find graphic descriptions and depictions of sex and BDSM-related activites objectionable, please shop elsewhere. Or if you are under 18, this site is not for you.
If this site IS for you, welcome... browse our inventory, read about the fascinating history, and enjoy.