This Week’s Theme: Old Notebooks from Boorum & Pease

I thought it would be fun to have a whole week of posts about an old brand of notebooks that used to be ubiquitous and now has become almost– but not quite— extinct: Boorum and Pease. They started out as an independent manufacturer of blank books based in Brooklyn, but since then, they’ve been absorbed in a couple of corporate mergers and the name has largely disappeared, except for a few products. Most of the Boorum & Pease notebooks that are available today seem to be larger format ledgers and record books for accounting:

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These are pretty cool for their own reasons, but they aren’t pocket size notebooks for the casual user like Boorum & Pease used to make. This week’s posts will take a look a closer look at a couple of their old-style notebooks, which many notebook enthusiasts are desperately trying to find nowadays!

Stay tuned for some retro notebook goodness, and in the meantime, here’s a few posts where I’ve mentioned this brand before:


Boorum and Pease Engineer’s Field Book, Late 1980s

Notebook Addict of the Week: John Dickerson
John Dickerson's notebooks.
Notebook Trivia: Boorum & Pease Building

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2 Responses to “This Week’s Theme: Old Notebooks from Boorum & Pease”

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  2. Thanks for this trip back in Notebook Stories and Boorum & Pease time. I especially liked the “sexy-retro-ugly” characterization of the engineer’s field book. The color is unappealing to say the least, but there’s history and nostalgia surrounding the format and use that makes it super appealing. The closest I get to anything like architecture and engineering is marketing (that’s my day job), but seeing notebooks like that makes me wish my brain led me in that direction. There’s something really romantic about going out and making surveying calculations and drawings manually, and I wish it were something I could do.

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