Field Notes

Entries from May 2008

Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Something To Crow About

May 29th, 2008 by Aaron

Something To Crow About

Here’s a beauty we picked up in Iowa a couple Octobers ago: An Epley Bros., Shell Rock, Iowa Memo Book. “Something to Crow About, Indeed.” 1-color “Rooster Red” on an uncoated white. 1964.

From the liner notes on the inside front page: “Each year we have had a healthy increase of sales over the preceding year, which causes us to believe we have a Corn the Farmer wants.”

A safe bet, we’d say.

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Field Notes In Action:

Best conceivable use of FNs, ever

May 21st, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

We’re ultimately flattered to be of use at such an important moment. We’re betting the pictures posted on Jeffrey’s flickr account tomorrow will be a lot cuter.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Proper Heat To Dip Chickens: 128º

May 19th, 2008 by Aaron


Duncan Fraser of Nova Scotia offers up a quick-reference page of Morse Code for us to sharpen up on. Plus, if you were wondering, the “proper heat to dip chickens is 128 degrees.” Don’t really know what that means. Yikes. Good to know. We dig the meaty “lead work” in his handwriting. Thick and hearty, the way it oughta be.

Here’s the cover of this one, too, just so you know what’s going on here. Really nice serifs on this one.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Scanning, Cropping and Readying

May 12th, 2008 by Aaron

The World's Best FertilizerWe’ve been, as the kids say, “Crazy busy” scanning, cropping and readying selected memo books for our “Vintage Memo Book Gallery” that is on the way. At last count, we were up around 200 examples. Really. That’s a lot.

And, we’re adding new ones to the master archives each Monday morning, once the weekend’s junkin’ routes have been pillaged, sorted and archived.

Special thanks to Field Notes “Sheet Team” member and all-around good guy Eric Lovejoy for having the guts to lovingly scan the whole mess in.

Here’s another beauty from the gallery from the good people at Federal Graduated Fertilizer. Their slogan: “The World’s Best Fertilizer.” We’ll take their word for it.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Free Kitten!

May 9th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Joshua Talbot’s got some kittens to give away. And he said the nicest thing one could say about getting memo books in the mail:

It reminds me of when I received my Jedi Fan Club pack in the mail. Or being a Cub Scout and getting a new badge.

I’d take a kitten, Joshua, but I’m allergic and I already have two anyway. I could ask Drap, but I don’t know how Gary feels about cats. Man, they’re cute, though. Aw, look at that, just crying out for some misspelled Impact Bold.

(For anyone disappointed that this post had nothing to do with Kim Gordon and Julia Cafritz, here’s this.)

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Idea File:

Field Notes, all up in your grill

May 9th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Something for your weekend: Aaron’s-girlfriend’s-friend-Ricky’s-friend, Peyton, sent this photo of a heavy-duty grill he’s building with his pops. “Can you believe that’s a penzoil can cut in two?” Anyone can make a grill out of an oil can, but this sort of specialized engineering is possible only in Traverse City, MI, and only with the help of detailed plans in a Field Notes memo book. Thanks, Peyton!

That reminds me, I need to find my scale drawing of the remote-control floating Deathmobile I designed for a hoity-toity “swimming pool flotilla” party, (we weren’t invited back). I don’t think I got any good photos before it caught on fire.

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Field News:

Field Notes, Furrygoats, and Flickr

May 7th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Steve Makofsky, a chief architect at Yahoo, mentioned us on his blog, The Furrygoat Experience, with a promise to write more later. On Monday, Steve did just that, designating FNs as the memo-book equivalent of the MacBookAir. Steve is even taking David Yeiser’s lead and giving two of them away. He also posted a bunch of great photos on Flickr, including our favorite: Field Notes with its new buddy.

Speaking of Flickr, we’ve set up the Field Notes In Action Flickr group, with all the associated photo pools and discussion groups, so ‘friend’ us and post your photos to our pool, and all that stuff, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Thanks for the shoutouts, Sopa De Ganso, Accidental Creative, and Orange Yoyo.

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Products · Vintage Memo Book Archive:


May 6th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

A List Apart Field Notes

We just printed a small run of co-branded Field Notes for our good friends over at An Event Apart. They really liked our Field Notes and thought it would be a great idea to give them away to their event attendees. We couldn’t agree more, so we printed their logo on the back of the notebooks and sent them on their way. They were so happy, they just placed another order.

Customize Field Notes for your event, company, website, youth soccer team, birdwatching club–you name it, we’ll custom-print it. We’ll accept custom orders anytime, but since we’re going on press soon to print more AEA books, the economies of scale come into play and now would be a great time to order and save some cash.

Picture it: your logo or design on Field Notes memo books. How great is that? Contact Michele for more information on customization.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Astrology, Reverb and An Ethereal Glow.

May 5th, 2008 by Aaron

“Trip Out” with some of Portland, Oregon’s own Jason Levins, and his “explorations of the mind” that somehow made it into his Field Notes. Hard to say what’s really going on here. Maybe some brilliance. Maybe some madness. You be the judge.

We try to keep things “down to earth” as much as possible. You know, simple ink on paper kind of stuff, right? For our brothers soaring in the 4th dimension: Field Notes can take on even the wildest of metaphysical wanderings.

Jason, for graph paper’s sake, be careful out there, in there, and whatever astral plane you are on right now.

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Field News: on Field Notes

May 1st, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Wearever Pennant fountain Pen with Field Notes

I’ve been looking for an excuse to link to Richard’s Pens ever since we got this blog up and running, and now I have that excuse: they’ve reviewed Field Notes.

Richard Binder has turned his love of vintage fountain pens into a career, repairing and customizing old pens and selling new ones. Richard’s site is a huge fount (sorry) of information about fountain pen care, collecting, and history, written by Richard and (his son-in-law, my college buddy) Don Fluckinger and designed by Don’s wife (Richard’s daughter) Kate (Richard emailed to let us know he designed the site, not Kate). Don managed to get me using an old Wearever fountain pen, and I love it. I already have an obsessive hobby and can’t afford another one, so I haven’t dived into the pen world as deeply as I’d like to, but if you harbor any interest at all in fountain pens, Richard’s site should be your first stop.

Don gave us a great writeup in his “Extra Fine Points” column this week, with a great photo of Richard’s penmanship on our graphed pages. He and Richard agree that our Boise Offset 50#T White paper handles fountain pen ink really well. Amateur Economist/ pen collector Chris Meisenzahl said the same thing last month. We really appreciate the kind words, and encourage all you pen nuts to keep one in your pocket with your Parker Vacumatic and give it a spin.

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