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Another Vertical File Special

Vericose Veins
American Heart Association

Submitter: We were weeding the vertical file when we came across this gem. Officially weeded.

Holly: Well, that’s a relief.  There are a lot of new treatments out there for varicose veins.  I’ve seen the commercials on TV: you can go have your veins zapped with a laser during your lunch hour and go right back to work!

0 Responses to Another Vertical File Special

  • Did they attach a leach to the affected area or what?

  • Why are you “weeding the vertical file”? Shouldn’t you just toss the whole damn thing? Libraries still have vertical files???

    • We tossed about 75% of ours. However some teachers still require at least 5 pamphlets as resources for mission reports. (Southern California here.) So we had to keep those plus a few others.

  • …What is a vertical file?

  • I know some libraries keep pamphlets and stuff in vertical files still… there are certainly current ones and they’re often given out for free, so they’re not necessarily bad to have on hand (so long as they’re not horribly outdated, of course!)

  • Ah the old vertical file from days of yore. Right next to the card catalog in the wooden files. Don’t forget to write away for the latest government pamphlets.

    What is a vertical file?!? Kid, it’s one of them things the old folks remember, and by the way, don’t turn the knob on that tee-vee too quick, you’ll wear the damn thing out!

  • I think it varies by library. The library where I work doesn’t have one, but according to things I’ve come across in the card catalog, the library my card is from still has one. They’re one of the few that still have a card catalog now that they’re fully in the area library system.

  • True story, I once went through our pamphlet files to fix the folders so the tabs would stop popping off. When I got to the drawer for Orange County, I found two type written sheets for towns I never even heard of – like Olive, CA – that were from 1965 and had been type written by the librarians at the time. I mentioned that to our librarians – they never did anything to remove them.

  • I think they’re still common in local history collections. Lots of info in pamphlets and brochures and miscellaneous printed material like that. This kind of thing might be helpful for a history of medicine collection, particularly one focused on history of consumer health.