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Ca. 1940 Nellie Garrett Helton is on a mule, 4 volunteers with her. Near Wooton Kentucky, a Bookrider has dismounted from her mule. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.

My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Officially, Bookriders were Pack Horse Librarians. Their salary was $28 per month, but they had to pay for their own food, lodging, and horse or mule. Almost 1000 Bookriders reached 1,5 million people in 48 counties. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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This Bookrider has a magazine for a sick man. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Ruth Shuler is with 2 children. Log cabin in the background. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Woman and girl reading a book. Notice the Kentucky long rifle over the fireplace. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.

My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology

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This is a photo of Ruth Shuler. Long before pizzas, Bookriders made home deliveries! 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Ruth Shuler is distributing books about 1937. I believe a photographer followed her on this trip. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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