Library Files Bizarre Questions Asked By People Before The Internet

"Why do 18th Century English paintings have so many squirrels in them?"
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"Why do 18th Century English paintings have so many squirrels in them?"

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"What did people do before Google?" is one of the most FAQs of the modern age.

Staff at New York's Public Library have found the answer after stumbling upon a box labelled "Interesting Reference Questions", containing customer queries from the 1940s to the 1980s.

It seems in a time before the internet, people phoned the library for reference, and if their question couldn't be answered, the librarian would type it up on a card and file it away for someone else to deal with. Here are some of the best examples...

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(Images via New York Public Library)