What did people do before Google?

Let me set the scene for you…

It’s a random Friday in March and the year is 1975. The British Conservative Party has its first woman leader, Margaret Thatcher, and you are probably wearing flares.

You suddenly have a thought and a question pops into your head. What do you do?

Ask an elder…

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Ask your friends…

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Read a book…

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Experiment…

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Or Just Move On With Life…

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Well actually, it turns out that in the pre-Google era people looked to librarians!

#LetMeLibrarianThatForYou

Staff at the New York Public Library uncovered a box of notecards with questions posed to librarians between the 1940s to the 1980s and have been posting them to Instagram.

“When did Moses first come into the public eye?” #letmelibrarianthatforyou

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“How many grains in a ton of wheat?” We’ll start counting! #letmelibrarianthatforyou

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“At what time is high noon?” Very relatable for those of us feeling a bit of Monday fogginess. #letmelibrarianthatforyou

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We’re quite curious as to how all of these questions fit together… #letmelibrarianthatforyou ⚾️

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Don’t we all? 🌱🌿🌾”A woman wanted ‘inspirational material on grass and lawns'” #letmelibrarianthatforyou

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One might say it’s a hair-raising question…😏 #letmelibrarianthatforyou

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