Retrotisement: Encyclopædia Britannica

Retrotisement: Encyclopædia Britannica

Here’s a little history lesson for you young’uns.  Back before this internet thing, and way before Wikipedia, people like me used to look up stuff in these big things called encyclopedias.  They didn’t list every single episode of That’s So Raven or every Pokemon character, but they were generally useful nonetheless.

Encyclopcedia Britannica ad (1994)

Now I don’t recall ever getting that pumped over looking up where John Quincy Adams was born*, but I don’t doubt that many a young man did experience that feeling of euphoria.  And hey, you know Britannica was the bee’s knees because they had that funky æ character in the title.

This particular ad was published in 1994, just as the internet was poised to set new standards of speed in the research and plagiarizing of information.  So anyone lucky enough to have spent the coin needed to get this set at least got a few years out of them before they become obsolete.

*Braintree, Massachusetts

Chris Holmes

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6 thoughts on “Retrotisement: Encyclopædia Britannica”

  1. Mrs. Suit says:

    We had a severely outdated Encyclopedia Britannica. Boy was it tough to paraphrase that set! : )

  2. Mrs. Suit says:

    We had a severely outdated Encyclopedia Britannica. Boy was it tough to paraphrase that set! : )

  3. Chris says:

    F&W ruled. We got our family set at the A&P, one volume at a time. Saved my ass on many, many school reports.

  4. F&W ruled. We got our family set at the A&P, one volume at a time. Saved my ass on many, many school reports.

  5. Thom says:

    If the 1978 edition of Funk & Wagnalls was good enough for me, it’ll be good enough for my daughter!

  6. Thom says:

    If the 1978 edition of Funk & Wagnalls was good enough for me, it’ll be good enough for my daughter!