Canned Libraries Open New Vistas To Readers (Aug, 1936)
Submitted by Pete on December 2, 2008 - 1:53pm
In this <A href="http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/12/02/canned-libraries-open-new-vistas-to-readers/">1936 Modern Mechanix article</A>, a fantasy about shrinking the Library of Congress to fit "in a few small filing cabinets" on microfiche/film. Once this is done, copies of the great library will be distributed to worthy institutions all over the world. "Each volume so reduced in size is housed in a sealed cartridge not much larger than a 12-gauge shotgun shell. When desired for reading, it is inserted in a small cabinet, the light turned on, and the copy is projected upon a screen, enlarged to comfortable reading size and unaccompanied by glare."