Submitter: At our neighborhood branch of a very big urban public library system, we recently decided to weed our Reference collection to make it more useful. And it’s a good thing we did, since we are discovering some interesting items gathering dust on those shelves.
In the 500s, we found International Timetables by Gary L. Fitzpatrick, published by The Scarecrow Press in 1990. In those days, long before you could look up the time anywhere in the world through an app on your smartphone, this was undoubtedly a useful reference. Its days were clearly already numbered, though, since East and West Germany (listed separately) reunited just as this book was hitting the shelves. Entries for Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union (which got several pages for its 11 time zones) have also become less than useful. Just in case you were wondering where those countries were, the book does include a helpful fold-out map.
Holly: This makes me feel old! I remember doing a report on Australia in middle school (mid-1980s) and using some kind of reference book (probably this one!) to look up the time difference between there and here. Now that search goes something like this and you have your answer in a few seconds.
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