Roaring Spring Spiral Notebooks, Early 1980s

Here’s a few oldies-but-goodies from my collection, three Roaring Spring spiral notebooks that I bought in 1980 and used between then and 1982.
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I love the colors– the outside covers are slightly faded and scuffed compared to the inside front covers. The back covers are just plain cardboard.
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You can see below that I stapled all around the edges of one of the front covers. I don’t remember if this was intended to be decorative or to somehow reinforce the cover.

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The notebook with the red cover shows off a rather handy modification that I sometimes performed on my spiral notebooks– I’d unwind the spiral, add more paper, and then rethread the spiral back through. I liked having the thickness of the pages be almost equal to the diameter of the wire spiral binding. On this one, I also added the front and back covers of another notebook in order to divide the pages into sections.

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The notebook I added must have been a later incarnation of this brand as they added a barcode to the cover, thereby throwing off the pleasing symmetry of the earlier version.

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The first page became an index for the 3 sections, but I never bothered to identify them in any particular way.

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Throughout all 3 notebooks, I filled the pages with various jottings and doodles and a lot of lists. Below, I was listing tracks from an LP that I wanted to record on cassette tape. (Any ’80s music fans recognize what album this was? The tracks listed here were the more obscure ones, not the hits!)

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It’s nice to have nothing more pressing to do than cut out maps and go to the pool! Though I guess I was doing some chores around the house, given the page below:

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I also wrote a lot of notes about schoolwork. I like the page below, as you can see what my top school supply priority was!

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These old notebooks are always a fun trip down memory lane….

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7 Responses to “Roaring Spring Spiral Notebooks, Early 1980s”

  1. Now, taking inflation into consideration, how much does Dad owe you? ;)

  2. Do you just collect notebooks or also make them yourself? I have occasionally found this blog and am going to read it from time to time to find some inspiration that I can implement.

  3. I have made notebooks from time to time over the years, but not recently. I do have some ideas for future projects, though!

  4. Good old Roaring Spring! I still have some mini composition books by them.

    I think your record album is Dare by the Human League…

  5. Thanks for showing the images of your childhood notes – very cute and totally fascinating. I’m also enjoying your website overall- a great resource for a fellow stationery-lover.

  6. […] about mine in this post. I also liked what he said about what he’d written, as I feel the same way about some of my […]

  7. So, did Dad owe you 1.25, or was this for 3 separate occasions, equaling 3.75? (And did you get paid?)

    Love the notebooks. :)

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