I will soon be picking up a set of Encyclopaedia Britannica circa 1968 from the City of Newton Reusable Materials Exchange. I could be like the Encyclopaedia Britannica kid of the ’80s saying, “Hi, remember me? I had a report due on space.” (And if you DON’T remember him, you can view the commercial here.)
Anyway, I am incredibly excited about this set of encyclopedias. I loved encyclopedias as a kid. Our school library had tons of encyclopedia sets. Online encyclopedias are cool, but nothing was more fun to me than browsing through a particular letter in an Encyclopaedia Britannica.
I’m particularly excited about owning a set of outdated encyclopedias, as odd as that sounds. I can’t wait to see their outdated medical terminology (although it would be more interesting if it was an even older set and had words like “lunatic” and “idiot” as technical terms for the mentally ill) and mentions of countries like East Germany, West Germany, Yugoslavia, the USSR, etc, etc, etc.
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