Why 779?


779 is the number used to represent the category of ‘Photographs’ in the Dewey Decimal Classification system used to organize books on library¬†shelves in a specific and repeatable order that makes it easy to find any book and return to its proper place. The system was developed by Melvil Dewey in 1876 who was Director of the New York State Library. It might be presumed that Melvil was a quiet bookish sort of guy but he was also unexpectedly¬†chairman of the New York State Winter Olympics Committee. Presumably there is a reason why we know him for his Library Classification System and not his Downhill Bobsleigh.

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