Memorandum Book Made by Northern Central Co., Milwaukee

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…

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10 Responses to “Memorandum Book Made by Northern Central Co., Milwaukee”

  1. Old school. I like it and that drawing is sweet. Nr

  2. I love when you do these…

  3. I’ve been using these notebooks for decades, bought dozens of them from the maker after Woolworth’s stopped carrying them. The paper is of extremely high quality, hasn’t yellowed even slightly since I got my supply. As a full-time writer I’m never without pen and paper, and this is my paper of choice. I’m down to about four or five blanks, would love to get more, any idea how I might accomplish that? They changed their logo at some point to a simple outline type of the word “Memos” and I was sad to see the old design bite the dust. The leatherette went to a finer grain from the more highly textured former model. I still have all the old ones with the original logo you show.

  4. Wow, Alan, that is very cool that you stocked up! I’d love to see a photo of the updated cover design that yours have.

  5. Envious of all your books from your youth. I wish I’d kept mine.

  6. [...] If you look closely at the upper edge of the image, just left of center, you’ll see two of the Northern Central Co. memorandum books I reviewed in this post. [...]

  7. I have a small address book that I’ve carried in my wallet for over 30 years. the UPC is 30131 01801.

    It has served me very well, but it’s time for a new one. I hope you still have some.

    Please let me know how to order.

    Thank you,
    Pat Zimmerman
    Sweet Home, Oregon

  8. I have used your small address books
    and have shared them with my family.
    It is time to re-order. Do you still make
    them # UPC 30131 01801. Where can I
    purchase. Please e-mail me back.
    Thank you, Sue

  9. I’m still looking for those notebooks. Odds of finding any dim with time, four years now. Haven’t found a suitable substitute, though European and other manufacturers overseas have vastly different approaches to paper than American firms, have found some interesting products there. Nothing beats the original so far though.

  10. I used a “Year Book” from this company ( Northern Central) for years and loved them. Sure wish they were still around.

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