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Old 04-18-2020, 09:15 AM
 
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My grandparents had a set of the Book of Knowledge that was from the 1930s. I enjoyed reading them very much (in the 1960s and 1970s).
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Old 04-19-2020, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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Oh, yes we had a set of encyclopedias. When I think of writing research papers before the internet I remember just how much work was involved.

I would come home with a stack of books, read them in order to find something that would fit with my paper and properly citing and preparing the bibliography. All typed, of course, long before the computer. White out was my best friend!
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Old 04-19-2020, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yes. World Book.

Bill Gates was a World Book reader, too.

https://www.biography.com/news/bill-...iography-facts
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Old 04-19-2020, 03:35 AM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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Compton's Encyclopedia here - got year-in-review books from them until they went out of business.

Our set was purchased in 1968 for my oldest Sister - I used them right up until I graduated HS in 1984.

Now we joke with younger generations: " We had it so hard! When we plagiarized, we had to actually write it out on paper!!"


Also LOVED the Golden Books "How & Why" series!
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Old 04-19-2020, 04:22 AM
 
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yeah, we had 2 old sets of encyclopedias from my dad's childhood. One was a slimmer, colorful set aimed at younger readers (Golden Book encyclopedias).

At one point, we got an 'A' encyclopedia from a salesman at a grocery store, then never bought anymore.. I think that was a typical sales technique, they gave away the first book as a sample, then they'd keep bothering u to buy the whole series.
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:24 AM
 
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I had World Book, bought one volume at a time. It was a financial stretch for my parents and I was an only child, so they could have just limited me to using it at the library. I loved World Book---all the knowledge of the world! But I knew that Britannica was "better"---in ways I couldn't quite define---bigger/more advanced reading level, etc. and wished I had that, but was mostly just grateful I had any encyclopedia at all.
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:53 PM
 
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My family had a set of World Book Encyclopedias on a book shelf in our den. I remember writing a book report on pyramids and using it for that, but I mostly remember wearing out the "D" volume looking at the full page spread pictures of AKC registered dog breeds. I spent HOURS thinking about dogs and reading about their characteristics and imagining what dog I would get. We finally got a golden retriever after all of my "extensive research".
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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My parents had a set and I LOVED IT!! Everything from fairy tales to fold out pictures of anatomy, etc. - I had a job one time that when I was bored to death I would open up dictionary to a random page. Sadly, kids today don't seem to be into reading
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Yes. First my mom bought us a Childcraft set. I read the volume that had nursery rhymes and poems the most. And then she bought two more sets: Books of Knowledge and the Encyclopedia Americana.

I used the Americana rarely. I thought it dry.

I doubt you could find an up to date set of encyclopedias to buy these days. Possibly there is still something online. The problem with printed encyclopedias is that they are quickly dated. They take up a lot of space, and when you do decide to get rid of them, no one wants them.

I think their time has passed. You can look up practically anything online now.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Yes. We did.
World Book series and a Funk and Wallace sets. mid-late 50's.
Son got MS Encarta 1996 with his first computer.
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