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


From “Moving Pictures” to IMAX and CGI

The “Moving pictures” article in the first edition of The World Book Encyclopedia, published in 1917, was just 8 ½ pages long. Readers looking for information on this “most revolutionary invention since the printing press” could find black-and-white illustrations of the latest “moving-picture camera” and “projecting machine.” Both patented that year, each machine was, as a caption points out, “the most modern device of the kind.” A century later, advances in motion-picture technology would no doubt be enough to make a 1917 moving-picture fan’s boater-hatted head spin.