As part of the festivities, an annual parade was held with floats from businesses, civic organizations, and the pageant contestants competing. In 1921, as part of the very first parade, the Atlantic City Free Public Library submitted an entry. Below is a description of the library float, written soon after by one of the librarians:
The floor space was 8 by 10 feet. The front was a replica of the library entrance painted on beaver board. The back was about 3 feet high also painted beaver board. These 'walls' on the inside were lined with publishers' stretchers to represent book shelves. The front doors were cut so they could be opened. There was not room for a table or desk. There were four chairs facing out; they were occupied by four young people to represent Literature, Medicine, genealogy, and the children's department. Genealogy wore a very old dress and was interested in a copy of "The Daughters of the American Revolution". Medicine wore the surgeons white. And the cap and gown for Literature. The children's librarian had two children and suitable books for their use.
The valance was painted by a member of the staff & represented the types of borrowers of any library. Eight boy scouts served as motor power. Each represented various subjects and carried some article to illustrate his subject. There were two girl scouts advertising books on Food & Cookery and Household Management. There was a bunch of flags of all nations flying from the real 'wall' and the stars and stripes on the front. Plants and ivy for decoration. Two janitors in uniform.Atlantic City Free Public Library float entry in the Atlantic City Pageant parade, September 8, 1921. (H001.1921MissAmericaPageantLibraryfloat; ACFPL Atlantic City Heritage Collections)
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