Another notebook that was probably manufactured in the late 1970s to early 1980s: a slim lined memorandum book by the Northern Central Co. of Milwaukee. The cover has a textured fake-leather look, but it’s just glossy card stock, stamped in gold foil. Dig that cool logo on the front!
I didn’t use very many pages in this notebook. Below, I was trying to learn some unusual or commonly mis-used vocabulary words– I was always asking my Dad to teach me about things like that. I still had a few years to go before the SATs, so it was just for geeky fun.
I liked the paper in this notebook– the fine double red line at the top contrasting with the blue ones below.
I tried to keep a diary, briefly, on a trip to visit family. And then, I guess, I was trying to figure out how to win at some kind of dice game.
I have no idea what this drawing was all about! Did I see this guy on a trip into New York City? Did I dream him up? He looks like a 1980s version of an organ grinder with a monkey, reinterpreted as a stoned Jimi Hendrix type with a boom box.
Another nice old “Made in U.S.A.” relic, Central product no. 2420. I wonder what else they used to make? It’s sad to think that all these companies are long gone…