Field Notes

Entries from June 2010

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June 25th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


As our mailing list already knows, new summer COLORS are on sale! Above is “Alaska,” one of the FIFTY editions available in our “County Fair” series, sold in 3-Packs, via subscription, or as a 50-state box set. More details about the books and how to order can be found here.

Wanna be first to know in the future? Join our mailing list in the top of the left column over there? See it? Good. All we need is your email address, we’ll keep it like a secret.

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Field Notes for Sound Opinions

June 24th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


We’ve been big fans (and listeners) of Chicago rock critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot’s radio show Sound Opinions for many years, so we were thrilled to whip up some custom FIELD NOTES as giveaways for this week’s WBEZ Chicago Public Radio pledge drive. Choose the “Sound Opinions Critic’s Kit” when you pledge, and you’ll get a 3-Pack of Sound Opinions FIELD NOTES, and a custom Sound Opinions pen and pencil. These are only available through the pledge drive.

SOhedshotIf you’re outside Chicago, remember that WBEZ produces and syndicates Sound Opinions on dozens of other stations nationwide, and webcasts and podcasts are also available. Check in with Jim and Greg at 8pm Fridays (in Chicago) or on your local station or online. It’s always a great listen, and this week is a great time to call, pledge, and score some very limited-edition FIELD NOTES.

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Retail Additions:

DijitalFix’s New Shop

June 17th, 2010 by Michele Seiler


We wanted to say congrats to David and the fine folks at DijitalFix as they open up their second location, this one in the Lower East Side at 9 Clinton Street, NYC. Be sure to stop by the opening bash this Friday, June 18th, the fun starts at 7pm. The checkout counter in the photo above was designed and made by David and is made completely out of shipping pallets. Thanks for featuring Field Notes so prominently! We’ve added a bunch of really great retailers to our retail family, a big welcome to Cranky Yellow in St. Louis MO and The Coffee Ethic in Springfield, MO. We have our first retailer in the fine state of Maryland, Bertram’s Inkwell in Kensington. Moving on over to Austin, TX, say hi to the nice folks at Bows + Arrows and then on up to the Screaming Sky Gallery in Portland, OR. Heading back to the Midwest, we welcome Lunalux in Minneapolis, MN and last but certainly not least, FlyBird in Oak Park, IL.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Their Flaming Spirit

June 17th, 2010 by Aaron


So it’s 1975 or 1976 and good Americans are celebrating their Bicentennial, right? A high time. 200 years young. And the family farm is going strong, with tough times on the horizon in those ’80s.

Here’s a little snippet from the back of this memo book to get that agrarian blood pumping:

“Leap ahead into America’s future.

Her Flag still flys (sic) high and proud. There are many more Americans. Typically, they are hard at work enjoying their homes and families. They have plenty of wholesome top-quality food. They remain free.

But what incites them to accept the call of a future America’s demand for food and fiber?

It is in their Creed: “I believe in the future of farming, with a faith born not of words, but of deeds — achievements  of agriculturists…I believe that rural America can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life…”

And it is their Heritage. Men who molded America came from farms and plantations — farmer statesman of the past like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They understood the challenge of change. They fought for their beliefs. They took risks. Their flaming spirit served as a high standard which generations of Americans have endeavored to emulate.

Future Farmers today are inspired by these same heroes of our Nation and her agriculture. The vigor of their youth drives them onward. FFA members are A FUTURE FOR AMERICA!”

There you go, people. The entire Field Notes enterprise would like to take this opportunity to tip our hat to the American farmer. Thank you.

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Hello Marigolds!

June 10th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

We’re finding loads of photos of Marigold sprouts from our Packets of Sunshine, but no blooms yet.


(left) Kastranec (with 112 marigold photos and counting on flickr!), and (right) Scott K.


(left) Flatspot FSPT, and (right) bia.hvid


(left) kylesteed, and (right) hippycritical, just to name a few. Thanks, keep ’em growing, and keep the photos coming!

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Past and Future COLORS

June 2nd, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

In the interest of posterity and commerce, we’ve established a new index of all our COLORS Limited-Edition memo books. Catch up on COLORS by clicking on “Limited-Editions” in the menu above.

You’ll also notice that subscriptions are still available (but only a few!) starting with “Packet of Sunshine,” and we’ll announce our Summer 2010 COLORS soon, we’ve gone whole hog again, and we’re sure you’ll love ’em. As always, be sure you’re on our mailing list for first dibs (top left corner of the site).

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Field Notes In Action:

On the Beaches of Sardinia and Maine

June 1st, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


FIELD NOTES fan Jan Van Dam sent us a great photo from Sicily a year ago. He’s spending this holiday in Sardinia, where our Steel Blue Just Below Zero memo book fits nicely in the cerulean-and-white seascape. We’re glad to be there in spirit, if not in person.


Another FN supporter, Abraham A. Schechter, whose museum exhibit graced these pages last year, also followed up recently with several FIELD NOTES appearances on his blog. Thanks, Abraham! We appreciate the support!

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