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Phil’s Stationery, NYC

Phil’s Stationery is a gem– assuming you like messy, dusty, old-school office supply stores, that is! I’d never heard of it until a few weeks ago when I happened to meet someone for lunch nearby and saw this amazing sign:

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There are so few stores like this left in NYC, especially in what must be a pretty expensive location on 47th St. not far from 5th Avenue. I didn’t take any photos inside the store, but as you walk in, there are large displays of Rhodia and Clairefontaine notebooks, as well as a counter with pens. As you go further back into the store, there are also racks of Moleskines and Filofax, and shelves with a wide variety of other notebooks, ledgers, pads, pens, etc. The further back you go, the messier it gets– there are shelves with all sorts of random products jumbled around. It has some of the same time-warp quality as the Montclair Stationery store I wrote about in this post.

I only bought one thing:


I haven’t bought a spiral bound notebook like this in years, but I couldn’t resist! What brand is it? Where is it made? It’s a mystery, as there are no markings on it other than what you see on the front cover. Some other colors were also available. And the price was right: $1.09, including tax!

Japanese Stationery

If, like me, you are dying to go to Japan to explore its stationery stores, you will enjoy the vicarious journey provided by this article and its luscious photographs. Enjoy!

Source: Japan: Paradise for Stationery Lovers



Notebook Addict of the Week: Claudia Rohling

This week’s addict is an illustrator whose biography reveals this intriguing detail:

“My father ran an office supply and printing company. The endless possibilities of pens, papers, paints and inks captivated my imagination for as long as I can remember.”

When asked to post a few random things about herself on her blog, #4 was this:
“I save all my old sketchbooks. ”


I’ll be there are even more where those came from!

Read more at Rohling Studios: May 2007.

More Good Stuff from Our Readers

From Jennie, a link to an article with some more great reasons to favor paper over digital note-taking:

“The notebook has an immediate tactile advantage over phones: they aren’t connected to the Internet. It’s intimate in a way computers aren’t. A notebook has never interrupted me with a screen that says, “Wuz up?” Notebooks are easy to use without thinking. I know where I have everything I’ve written on-the-go over the last eight years: in the same stack. It’s easy to draw on paper. I don’t have to manage files and have yet to delete something important. The only way to “accidentally delete” something is to leave the notebook submerged in water.”

Read more at  Why little black books instead of phones and computers | The Story’s Story.


Matt Jackson invites you to take a look at his Etsy shop featuring handmade leather journals:

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Paul sends this photo of the best vending machine concept I’ve ever seen. I love the idea of being able to pump in some coins and grab an emergency notebook:


David sends a link to some funky looking notebooks at Animi Causa, including this one, which comes with a LED pen so you can write in the dark:\
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Anke tips us off to the Envelope Book notebook, whose pages are made of recycled envelopes:
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Thanks for the info, everyone! Keep the tips coming!

Dry Goods, Brooklyn, NY

I went to a great store on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn recently. It’s called Dry Goods, and the merchandise is a really neat mix– all the stuff I’d want to sell if I opened a store myself, including a variety of old-style perfume and toiletries with beautiful labels, household goods, books, and clothing… but most importantly, beautiful art supplies, vintage-looking office supplies, fountain pens and inks, washi tape, and assorted notebooks and sketchbooks. And they’re all beautifully displayed in wood and glass shelves and drawers that look like they’re from an old-fashioned pharmacy.
Here’s the front window display that first caught my eye:

And their business card:

Be sure to check it out if you’re in town!

1960s Steno Pad on Etsy

For sale on Etsy! From the listing:

This is old store stock from a now defunct shop, and is in BEAUTIFUL CONDITION! Each pad has 60 sheets, and measures 6″ x 9″ – the perfect size for all of your stenographic needs! And that cover art is just TOO MUCH!

More at VINTAGE notebook STENOGRAPHER pad 1960s OLD STORE by dotdotdotshop.

Time for Another Carnival!

Since I’ve reconsidered my decision to chuck all my notebooks in favor of my iPhone 🙂 , I thought it was about time I hosted another Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper. You can submit a post relating to notebooks, pens, pencils, office supplies, art supplies, etc at this link anytime up until 5pm EST on April 4. The Carnival will be posted here at Notebook Stories on Tuesday April 6.
Read more about the Carnival here.

Next month’s Carnival will be posted by Okami at Whatever on May 4. Hosting spots beyond that are open, so contact me if you’re interested.

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!

Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper #3 Coming Soon!

The third edition of the Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper will be here before you know it, this time hosted by Office Supply Geek on Tuesday October 6th. Submissions are due by 5pm EST on Sunday October 4th.

The Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper is a traveling monthly collection of the best blog posts about notebooks, pens, pencils, paper products and anything else deemed relevant by the editors. More information about the carnival here and here. If you’re unfamiliar with blog carnivals, they’re a great way to build community and awareness among blogs that share similar subject matter. Bloggers and hosts can get more exposure for their posts, and readers enjoy an edited collection of posts and can discover new blogs they might not be aware of.

Submission guidelines:

Submit your post using this form no later than 5pm EST on the first Sunday of the month. Submissions must relate to the subject matter of the Carnival. One submission per blog per Carnival. All posts are included at the editor’s discretion and any considered inappropriate, off-topic, or of sub-par quality may be rejected.

All participants whose posts are selected for must post a link back to that edition of the Carnival within one week of its publication, also including a link to the Carnival home page at https://www.notebookstories.com/carnival-of-pen-and-paper/

Do You Like Notebooks Because You Write?

Or do you write because you like notebooks?

“Girl with A Notebook” ponders the question “How has writing affected your life?”

One of the seemingly obvious answers would be that I spend a lot more time alone since I’ve started writing, preferring the company of my keyboard to the company of my classmates… or did I start writing because I was forced to spend a lot more time alone, because my keyboard suddenly became my only company? I’m not sure which way that goes.

Same goes for my obsession with office supplies — notebooks, post-it notes, pens, paperclips, paper, pencils, erasers, notebooks… But then again, do I like office supplies because I write, or do I write because I like office supplies?

via Girl With a Notebook: Blog Chain: How Has Writing Affected Your Life?.