Then and Now

Celebrate 100 years of The World Book Encyclopedia by taking a look at the world in 1917 compared to today.

The Biggest Cities and How They Grew (or Didn’t)

by | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 |

Cities are the world’s most crowded places. Even in ancient times, there were many large cities in...

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From Soup to Strawberries: 1917 World Book Preserved Them All

by | Thursday, November 17, 2016 |

When we take a can of soup off a store shelf, we don’t usually think about the temperature the soup...

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Two Peach Baskets and a Soccer Ball

by | Wednesday, November 9, 2016 |

When the first edition of The World Book Encyclopedia was published in 1917, basketball was barely...

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A Day in the Life of a 1917 Baseball Fan

by | Thursday, November 3, 2016 |

The “Baseball” article in the 2017 edition of The World Book Encyclopedia states, “Baseball is so...

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