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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:13 PM
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Home encyclopedia growing up?
My older siblings had World Book. I convinced my parents to spring for Encyclopedia Britannica when I got older.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:18 PM
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1. I tore up the 1985 World Book
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Zuiderelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:19 PM
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2. Britannica
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montanto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:20 PM
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3. Absolutely, when I was a kid
it was invaluable. These days, I'd just like an internet connection and a computer.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:32 PM
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4. Encyclopedia Britannica
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:43 PM
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5. We had the World Book.
With the annual supplements.

I used to lie on the floor in front of the bookcase and just pick out a volume and start reading. I know; I was a weird kid. But I loved it.

Bake
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:43 PM
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6. No, they're really on the way out. They've gone beyond growing up, and become too old.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:42 PM
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7. '68 World Book.
My parents almost cried when they saw me reading it every emmereffin day.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:20 PM
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8. Britannica. From a door-to-door salesman, ca. 1961.
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:25 PM
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9. We had the Britannica
At a deep discount. My mom was a librarian. I expect it's still around her house somewhere; she never threw out a book in her life.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:26 PM
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10. 1928 World Book Encyclopedia. Complete set.
We were cleaning out a deceased cousin's house & belongings back in the 70s.
No one else wanted it, so I carted it home.
It is absolutely hilarious to read now.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:09 PM
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16. I had my mother's 1939 World Books. I also had the 1955 Chldcraft
books too.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:50 PM
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21. You know what's fun
is to get an old highway map. I found a Shell map of Washington state on Ebay that was printed in 1938. I keep it in the glove box to spring it on people. One time we were driving to Seattle and my buddy wanted to look at a map. He studied it for the longest time before he finally blurted out, "Wait a minute, just how fucking old is this map?!" You see, I90 didn't exist in 1938. :rofl:
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:27 PM
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11. 1965 World Book along with the Childcraft library
I swear I must've read everything in both and tried out most of the projects in Childcraft.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:17 PM
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18. Oh, yeah...that's right!
Childcraft...wow, blast from the past!

The picture of that kid with the one white arm and the one red arm trying to figure out how that girl guessed which arm he was holding over his head? That picture is burned on my brain!

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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:07 PM
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26. I'll have to look that up next time I'm over to my mom's
I remember spending in hours with those books. Especially the "Make and Do" volume.
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kat_kringle Donating Member (494 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:45 PM
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12. kinda, had encarta from 1994, (cd-rom) n/t
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:48 PM
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13. Not as a kid
But now I have a full set of 1955 Britannica, and a full set of 1953 World Book with yearbooks up theu the 70's.

Plus the Golden Book Illustrated and the 1947 Child Craft set.

RL
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:54 PM
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14. One of those sets you bought by single book each week at the grocery store.
Early '60s. Every week a new volume came out. I read them voraciously, and have been an obnoxious know-it-all ever since.
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:57 PM
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15. Brittanica. Amazingly, the books would easily open
to any pages with nude artwork. I think my older brothers had something to do with that.
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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:13 PM
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17. None.
We had a library just down the road, and encyclopedias couldn't be checked out (meaning they were always available). My father was sort of a skinflint back then, but his argument did make sense.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:28 PM
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19. We had a 40 year old set my dad found someplace.
But the library was in walking distance, and they get a new set every year or two.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:30 PM
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20. Compton's
Went through two sets of 'em.



Dog, I loved those things.



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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:01 PM
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22. Britannica, 1974 edition. n/t
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:53 PM
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23. World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica
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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:53 PM
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24. World Book, I won a set when about 10
Cappy Dick drawing contest.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:54 PM
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25. World Book. With Childcraft thrown into the bargain.
I loved the poetry Childcraft book.
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:13 PM
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27. I think we had the world book
I think we got new ones every few years for awhile, or we had at least two between the 70's and the 80's. It's easy to forget how great encyclopedias were/are now that the internet is ubiquitous. It was incredibly useful for school, but also just a blast for kids in other ways - a seemingly endless world of fantastic information.
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