Better Late Than Never

Item Info

Item No: PIXC00101
Title: Better Late Than Never
Creation Date: 1/7/1903
Publication Date: 1/7/1903
Media Type: Cartoons (Commentary)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

A highly successful industrialist and founder of the Carnegie Steel Company, Andrew Carnegie was also notable for his philanthropic efforts. These included the donation of over $40 million to support the creation of more than 1,600 new public library buildings across the country. In 1903, Carnegie offered Philadelphia $1,500,000 for the creation of thirty public libraries. The cartoonist shows Carnegie as a Santa Claus figure with a sack full of libraries for the city.


"Carnegie Planned 30 Libraries Here." The Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), p. 14. Library of Congress - Chronicling America: Historic Newspapers. Retrieved from:

National Parks Service. (2012). Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright. Retrieved from: < >

Country: Country:United States

Creator Name: Robinson - Artist