The Destruction of Knowledge

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Nice images. I like #1 the best of the series. Do you know the whole story that goes with this?
 
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Seems like a waste. They must be last years edition. They need a new edition each year to soak more cash from the students. I'm partial to 3, but each is telling it's own story.
 
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Thanks Glenn, Art, Ray and Nate! Yes Art, I do know the whole story. Like Glenn said, it's sad: This is a collection of the Chemical Abstracts, a journal that lists all of the published chemistry research. The set was leather bound and dated back to the beginning, 1904.

My department is growing, and running out of space. I tried for months to find someone who wanted them - they were free for pick-up (shipping was out of the question - it would have been thousands!) But to no avail. Eventually we had to throw them away. It took a HUGE dumpster, and we filled it to the top.

Very sad. I still feel bad about it.

The marks you see on the prints are done in protest. I didn't wash the negatives.
 
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I'm surprised your local library wouldn't take them. Very sad indeed, the backstory only adds to the photos :(
 
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Without knowing the story behind it, the word Oppression comes to mind. Well seen,framed & shot Chris!
 
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Thanks Martin, Marty and Steve! The library was the first on the list, but I wasn't surprised they didn't want them. Libraries these days are getting rid of uncirculated books at an alarming rate. We'll be lucky if our kids remember what a paper book looked like.
 
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Nice work. Shame the books had to be destoyed though.

I'm shocked nobody wanted them. You'd think be of use to at least one person or university.
 
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Thanks Robert! No, not a chance that any educational institute would want them - that's why we were getting rid of them. All of the information is online.
 
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Thanks Robert! No, not a chance that any educational institute would want them - that's why we were getting rid of them. All of the information is online.

Yeah, of course, I didn't think of online publishing!

Still a shame though, old scholarly texts have a certain charm.
 
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