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Colin’s 1938 Notebook

A reader named Colin sent me photos of a fascinating notebook from his collection:

I thought you might like to see a notebook that dates back to 1938 when my parents rented a flat in Sliema, Malta. The rent was £3.10.0 per month [£3.50 in modern money] and the ink has survived amazingly well over all these years. I found it when going through my deceased Father’s papers.

It is about 4 x 6 1/2″ with 48 lined pages which are edged in blue. The black, glossy cover has a feint, fine, vertical grooving with a hint of a random watermark pattern when the light hits it at the right angle. The cover feels as if it could be damp proof.
There are no maker’s marks. The pages are held in place with a pair of staples that are rusting. No wonder I am into notebooks as I was born in 1938 !

It’s a neat little notebook, similar to today’s Moleskine Cahiers. I love the handwriting and the stamp! And it’s a wonderful treasure for Colin to have something like this to remember his parents by. Thanks again for sharing it, Colin!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Michael

Michael from Germany sends in these photos of the notebooks he’s using:

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Here are two pictures of my notebooks.
In my collection you can see some FieldNotes. One of them, I use as the Archery Training Manual you see at the second picture. The rampage at the bottom comes from an arrow; wrong time, wrong place
The little black notebook on top is the one, I currently use. It’s a Brunnen Kompagnon in DIN A6, lined with a backpocket, and a pencilholder.
The one in the background with the Label “Storybook” on the front, is my Storybook (you won’t tell that by it’s name???). There, I wright down stories and fragments of stories, the world will never see. Some of them might bring me into jail…..

I’d have to say that is the first notebook I’ve ever seen that’s been pierced by an errant arrow! Thanks Michael, and please stay out of jail so you can keep collecting notebooks!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Carol

A reader named Carol sent me a really nice email a couple of months ago and I’m finally getting around to making her an Addict of the Week. Here’s some of what she had to say (I’m blushing as I write this!):

I love you, I love your website, and I love all the other people out there who love notebooks.  I used to think I was the only one!  No more….

First a shot of my lifetime in notebooks, kept on and off since I was twelve (I’m 48).
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Then my current stash.  The top three are in use, the others are lying in wait.  Their number is smaller than usual because I just gave a pile of rejects to a thrift store.
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Currently coveting: another Miquelrius, Rhodia ePure, Bob’s Your Uncle Do-Doodle.

I asked Carol about the small green notebook in the lower left corner of the second photo, as I really liked the look of it and hadn’t seen anything quite like it:

The little green notebook is old, though I have no idea how old. Someone gave it to me, it’s made by a company called Warwick, and it’s actually called “Album of Snapshots” with heavy paper for mounting pictures (the pages are perforated, and the instructions say to remove every other one, I guess so the book will keep it’s shape once the photos are in), but I figured it would work for collage, drawing, etc. too.

Finally, here’s a question Carol was pondering. I’ve often wondered the same thing, and I’ll bet many other readers have too:

Has anyone ever put forward a psychological theory as to WHY we love notebooks so much? I mean, I understand the need to be creative and remember things and make lists and whatnot, but loving the actual physical notebooks, keeping empty ones around and still buying more, always looking for a better one?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments…but it may just be one of those mysteries of the world that we’ll never understand!

A big thanks again to Carol for sharing her notebook addiction!

From the Collections of Our Readers

One of the best things about writing this blog is that I’ve been getting some nice emails from readers with photographs of notebooks. Here’s a few:
Carol sends this HUGE notebook:
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And Jan sends this tiny one, bought in Holland:
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And Jun shares these photos of a very covetable Japanese surveyor’s notebook:
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If you have any pictures you’d like to share, send them to me at nifty [at] notebookstories [dot] com. If you send a picture of your whole collection, I might even make you an addict of the week!