Retro GeographiesTuesday, May 14, 2013
It turns out both my husband and my mother grew up with a copy of the battered oxford one on the top. My latest addition is the Encyclopedia Britannica one at the bottom of the pile. It blow my mind to thin that people put together encyclopedia before the internet. This atlas, and accompaniment to the encyclopedia, lists the leaders and economic powerhouses of each country as well. How on earth did they keep track of all that? Was there a hotline to the embassy in every country to ask every time they went for an update?
While we think of geographies as being timeless, there is nothing like the Golden Press Geographic Encyclopedia (c1956) to tell you how much things have changed. For starters we have a nice pictorial of the world, to tell you what you will be doing on your trip. So now lets get going ..
Well, New Zealand is just logs and sheep. In fact it barely makes it onto the page. I'm sure my Australian readers will also be horrified to see how they are summed up.
So next, lets go on cruise to Antarctica for some .... whaling?
If you miss the whaling, you can always go and bludgeon a seal in Alaska.