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Submitter: Well, this is not actually a book but rather 4 VHS tapes we just pulled off our shelves for withdrawal. This is a math tutorial series on whole numbers — copyrighted in 1973! This librarian was still in High School at that time and knows that VHS tapes were still a medium of the future (and thus wonders what medium held this knowledge before). No, we have not watched these tapes since pulling them. Perhaps math was easier in 1973.

Holly: There are definitely newer, flashier, more interesting math video series available (on *gasp* DVD!).  Upgrade to “Standard Deviants” or even “School House Rock” (now there’s a series that never goes out of style!)

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  • Aw, it’s a shame you pulled these! Well, haha, maybe not a shame per se, but I love old VHS cassettes that nobody in their right mind would have watched even when they were new. I have a small collection of them. I’d have gladly have taken them off your hands.

    Math videos from the 70s presses every single one of my stupid collector buttons pretty firmly.

  • 4 VHS cassettes + 37 years = 1 more reason to weed.

  • Yup. I’ve learned from experience that if you try to use an old AV resource in a class, the students will be too distracted by laughing at the hairstyles and clothing to pay any attention to the information, even if the information itself is still good.

  • It’s a small miracle that they aren’t U-matic!

  • You could not only pull these but use them as skeet shooting targets.

  • I get the image of a woman in hornrimmed glasses reading lists of whole numbers.

    All the whole number.

    Or at least 4 tapes worth.

  • VHS wasn’t introduced until 1976, so they aren’t quite as old as their copyright woul make them seem. That just goes for the actual cartridges, not the material, obviously…