Before Google, There Were Librarians: Weird and Funny Questions Submitted to the New York Public Library Pre-Internet

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It’s getting harder and harder to remember what life was like before iPhones, before Google, before constant, instant gratification. This post from Vintage Everyday, which shares some quirky questions submitted to the NYPL, transports us back to the pre-internet age, where asking questions was a little more interesting, and a little less private.

Before there was Google, people used their local public library. And not just because libraries are full of books. Librarians were specially trained to help people find information, or to simply answer a question themselves.

For your reading pleasure, the New York Public Library released a cache of queries and conundrums called in from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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