EBay Find: Scottsbluff Typewriter Company Notepad from 1949

Here’s another neat-o EBay purchase, a promotional notepad from a typewriter company! Actually, I guess they must have started out as a typewriter company but expanded into general office supplies, given the motto on the cover “Everything for the Office.”


Inside it’s pretty simple: just plain perforated pages. There aren’t many pages left in the notebook. Theoretically, it’s refillable, as the pad is held into the cover by a little clip, but I don’t know if I’d find a compatible refill nowadays. The back page is a calendar for 1949. The notes on the page seem to refer to getting a pick up truck serviced, and its mileage. The notes were made in 1998, and the vehicle only had about 53,000 miles on it, so I guess it wasn’t as old as the notebook!


The inside back cover has the branding info. I love the name: Buddy Handy Mem!


This only cost me a few dollars on EBay– well worth it for such a cool old relic!

7 thoughts on “EBay Find: Scottsbluff Typewriter Company Notepad from 1949”

  1. I forget how I found this, I think just by searching in some paper/ephemera category for “notebook” or something along those lines. I don’t go shopping on EBay very often, though– it’s too dangerous!

  2. Hi,

    I love your blog, I am a journal, paper, blank book freak and am always on the look for them and always have been. Please take a look at my blog for my latest find. Thank you, Sharon

  3. I have a question for you. I went to Borders to check out the Piccadilly notebooks often mentioned here and found a few on clearance and they said they don’t normally have them. Then I tried to go to the Picadilly site and it is not working. Know any other chain stores that carry them?

  4. I have found that Borders employees tend to be completely clueless about Piccadilly Notebooks! Piccadilly notebooks are supposed to live in the bargain section at Borders, not in the stationery aisle– I’m not sure why, but I think it’s probably because they buy them in large batches at a high discount for a sort of in-and-out sale vs. stocking them as a regular full-price item like Moleskines. So they are always “on clearance” and maybe if they’re down to their last few, they’d even mark them down from the normal low price.
    Barnes & Noble carries some of Piccadilly’s products, but not the Moleskine-like notebooks, at least not yet.
    As for Piccadilly’s website, it’s currently active at http://piccadillyinc.com/ — they seem to have redesigned it, and links to old pages within the site may no longer work.

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