Good morning, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy The Sunday Subject. This week’s subject is The Notebook.
No, not the 2004 film starring Ryan Gosling. The notebook, every stationary lover’s obsession. I myself have many (many) notebooks scattered around my home, some beautiful, others practical, most totally empty because they’re just too nice to spoil with pencil or ink! Notebooks bring me a scene of productivity and organisation, two things I often find I lack.
From a cheap and cheerful ring bound pad from Wilko, to the sleek and stylish Moleskine. The uses of a notebook are innumerable. Whether you’re a writer, artist, parent, student or astronaut everyone has a use for a notebook.
Maybe you make your own. During the 17th and 18th century notebooks were made at home as and when they were needed by folding together pieces of paper. Children were taught how to make them in school because information management was so important. It wasn’t until around 1890 that notebooks started to be made and sold. Scraps of paper were stitched together to make a small pad. These quickly evolved into the ‘Legal Pad’ that we have today. As with all things the notebook developed over time and the production processes changed to include, glueing, covering, spiral binding, ring binding and of course in the 20th century we were introduced to the practical, if less pretty, electronic note taking world.
I have to say, that even with the benefits of digital note taking, I don’t think I’ll ever fully switch from paper and ink to pixel and key. Notebooks are a work of art, there’s so much character in a well used notebook, you just can’t beat it.
Or maybe you could just fold together a few sheets of paper…