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Old 04-25-2020, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
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World book with the annual almanacs. Lots of good reading.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:49 PM
 
Location: NNJ
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Parents bought me two; one for kids and another set as a young teen. Best gifts as a child... spent a lot of time reading them. These days now with access to a world of information via the internet I don't think it would be as exciting to my children.
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:00 PM
 
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Yep. I had Encyclopedia Britannica and Childcraft encyclopedias.

I LOVED Childcraft. I passed those on to my son before we lost them in Katrina. My two favorites were the one about space and the puzzle book.

Google is great and all, but I prefer a hard copy book. To “hold” all that knowledge in your hands, the smell of the pages, don’t have to worry about your internet going down...
I can't remember the publisher of mine - maybe Golden? - but I agree that it's important have it in your hands. In this case, rather than limiting the knowledge to what one would actively search for on Google, I would read the encyclopedia for fun, since it was written to appeal to children, and learned about things that would have occurred to me to search for.
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:08 PM
 
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Yep. We bought them from some dude that knocked on our door.

Encyclopedias were the internet of the 1970's (without the porn).
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:14 PM
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Yep. We bought them from some dude that knocked on our door.

Encyclopedias were the internet of the 1970's (without the porn).

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Old 04-28-2020, 08:30 PM
 
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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.

Funk and Wallace? Don't you mean Funk and Wagnalls?
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Old 04-28-2020, 08:52 PM
 
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We had a set but it was published before WWII. No Pearl Harbor. No aircraft carriers. No jet airplanes.
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Old 04-30-2020, 02:32 PM
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Location: Thunder Bay, ON Canada
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Had those Art Linkletter encyclopedias as a child.
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Old 04-30-2020, 02:43 PM
 
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We had not only two sets of encyclopedias, but also sets of historical and geographical reference books as well. You could get them weekly for (I believe) 50 cents each per subsequent volume, with a ten dollar purchase at the grocery store (Acme). A favorite set I just gave to my grandson, on the U.S. Presidents. It only goes up to Lyndon Johnson (the last volume was offered in 1968). It still offers a lot of good history and information on the Presidents and famous Americans.

Our house was the go-to place when any of the neighborhood kids needed to borrow reference books for a report.
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Old 04-30-2020, 02:46 PM
 
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Nope. But I had a library card.
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