May 14, 2022 Subject:
The Internet for the 1880s
This volume must have seemed to people of the time to be as astonishingly compendious as does the world wide web to us, today. My great grandfather had a copy; (my grandfather's birth is recorded in it). He was a farmer, and would have been a long way from any library, not just in the '80s but throughout his life. I can imagine how the book was put to use as a reference work, from time to time, and as a textbook, of an evening, in the absence of distractions. Just viewing the book now is an education in itself. Astounding.