Notebook with Paris Transit Maps

Oh the wonderful things you can stumble across online… an old notebook with transit maps of Paris!  I love the composition book look, typography, and the design of the maps! Very cool… if this online auction hadn’t ended long ago, I would have snapped it up!       “Carnet format 10 cm x 16,8 […]

Jacques Brel’s Notebook

Back in 2008, Sotheby’s auctioned a private collection of various papers and memorabilia belonging to the Belgian singer Jacques Brel, who died in 1972. The notebook below, probably from the 1950s, was used by Brel for draft song lyrics, and was estimated to sell for between 50,000 and 70,000 euros. It’s a nice looking notebook– […]

Old Roaring Spring Notebooks

This is just a small part of an article in which Paul Zahl talks about the movie Super 8: Recently I came across ten little notebooks, notebooks for a person’s breast pocket, which I used for my to-do lists during the Winter and Spring of 1972-1973. I was a recent college graduate and quite confused, […]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Blue Spiral Notebook

Since today is the Martin Luther King holiday, it crossed my mind to wonder if I could find any photos of notebooks he used… and sure enough, I did! And it’s quite wonderful.   As described on the King Center’s website: “Contained in this notebook is a draft of Dr. King’s statement to Judge James […]

World War 2 Diaries Found in Attic

A cool story from the Manchester Evening News:   Angela Prince, 74, found the dust-covered notebooks while clearing the attic of her aunt and uncle’s attic in Partington. They appear to be written by children of the Hall family, who ran the medical herbalists Hall’s Hygiene in Salford until the 1970s. Retired secretary Angela, who […]

The Sketchbook / Memorandum Book of W.G. Read

I just love this. A beautiful old notebook with wonderfully drawn little sketches. I’ve come across a few other examples of these T. J. Smith’s “metallic memorandum books” online (and posted about one here). I just wish I’d find one in a junk shop somewhere so I could own one of these treasures myself! Read […]

Early 20th Century Police Detective Log Books

This is amazing! I’m not surprised they sold for over $3,400!   From the listing: Andrew A. Ryan Police record, 1899-1920; 1 ledger, 23 notebooks (4 x 6 in.). The work of a detective in a turn of the twentieth century U.S. city was nearly as difficult and dangerous as it is today, with murders […]

1880s Memorandum Book

Here’s a drool-worthy item that some collector has probably already snapped up:   From the description: “The writing in the book includes “This Old Pocket Book & Pencil was given to me by my Father about the year 1882 and in the following pages I have recorded some of the events of my Life, places […]

1950s Knitting Notebook

Thuy-Tien Crampton found something really cool in an old trunk full of family heirlooms: Read more (and more pics) at Fashion Heirloom: A 1950s Knitting Notebook Owned by Peggy Butler | Thuy-Tien Crampton.

1919 Electrical Engineer’s Notebook

I forget how I came across this but it’s pretty cool. From a 2008 eBay sale– I wonder who snagged it! Read more at Hang Fire Books: 1919 Electrical Engineer’s Notebook, Abstract Plumbing Poster and 1950s Telefilm Pressbooks.