Childhood Memories Friday: World Book Encyclopedia

Childhood Memories Friday
The other day, I came across this:

World Book Encyclopedia bank

It’s a little bank from my childhood, but my memories are about what it represents: World Book Encyclopedia.

Remember encyclopedias? Remember when you had a question about something, and instead of heading to Google, you actually walked to the shelf of encyclopedias and looked it up?

Yeah, it’s been a while since those days.

I remember people selling encyclopedia sets when I was a child. They came to your house and gave a presentation about how the encyclopedia would be a good investment, and how it would help your kids in school. My parents did buy a set of World Book Encyclopedias, and a set of “Child Craft” books too. All the volumes sat on the living room bookshelves for years, and I consulted them frequently.

If you wanted truly up-to-date information, you’d need to head to the library to look it up in their current set of encyclopedias. Of course, even the information here might be a year or two old. For current information, there was an index of periodicals at the library (it was a pain to use). Hardly a day goes by when I don’t marvel at how easy it is to get information these days. I wonder how much more things will change by the time my kids are my age …

Did you have a set of encyclopedias when you were a child? Do you remember using them for homework?

6 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: World Book Encyclopedia

  1. I sold that set of encyclopedias about a year ago. A total stranger bought them. He paid me and also gave me a huge container of vegetable soup he had made. We do things like that in these parts. I still have the Child Craft set – I doubt I’ll ever part with them. They are truly ageless.

  2. Thank you for sharing. When I was a kid, I have would browse my mom’s old encyclopedia set from when she was a kid.

  3. We had a set, but they weren’t the World Book. They were probably all my parents could afford. On occasion, I would pull one off the shelf and simply read it. But mostly I used them as reference books. Life has certainly changed, hasn’t it? And not always for the better!

  4. I do have a set from my childhood. I recently put them on the book shelf in our living room. going to the library was such an event back then. thanks for sharing this fun memory

  5. OMGoodness! We had the World Book and Child Craft sets when I was a kid in the 60’s. I read them, too. Great memory. I wish we had a set for my grands.

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