Get off the net” is a fun post by Tim at the Digging Below the Surface Blog reminding us that sometimes useful information exists in paper form that just isn’t available online.

He writes about reference books that go back 200 years - city directories - that list who lived in a particular city during a given year. Tim has used these books to perform genealogy research as well as to look up recent phone and address information. Tim states that he’s never found an online service that provides this information.

We’re not ready for a paperless world yet, are we? The folks at Cushing Academy New England Prep School (mentioned in this Boston Globe article) might want to reconsider their library without books. (Hat tip to João Greno Brogueira for the link to the Cushing article.)

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