Thursday, June 28, 2012

Robinson Reminders in print


[New Yorker, March 18, 1944.]

“Jot it down — Do it — Tear it out — Live notes only!” It’s like Getting Things Done with perforations. Note the clever names for the other products: Billminders and Miss Gadabout. Miss Gadabout!

Google Books has dingy-looking scans of Robinson Reminder advertisements from as early as 1915. The slogan — “Live notes only,” minus the exclamation point — was already in place. That slogan does seem to go with early-twentieth-century notions of efficiency. Clear the decks: history is bunk, right?

Here, from 1921, sharpened, straightened, and neatened up, is the patent for the Robinson Reminder:



If you cannot get enough of the Robinson Reminder, A Continuous Lean has a post with some fine photographs.

Previously on Orange Crate Art
Pocket notebook sighting (a Robinson Reminder in the movies)

comments: 10

Gunther said...

What a great idea for a notebook! I wish it was still available.

Michael Leddy said...

There are a couple for sale on eBay, but it’s probably close to impossible to find a supply of replacement pads.

Ren said...

I found eight of these in a Goodwill today. I wonder if I should put them up on Ebay. They're still in the plastic.

Michael Leddy said...

Lucky find — I would guess that you’d have no problem finding a buyer.

Unknown said...

I have four unused refill pads from my dad's desk. I don't want to toss them, but are four worth the eBay effort?

Michael Leddy said...

I think I would keep them and be tempted to buy a holder to go with them.

Susan Callahan said...

Robinson Reminders was started & owned by my great grandfather here in Westfield, MA. Every few months I go online to try and buy any of the books on eBay. I always love to see write ups online every so often!

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for writing, Susan. Your comment helps make the past a little less past.

Anonymous said...

I knew "Robbie" and son Jack. Special people. Also Jack's wife Sue. Nice memories of times spent together.
Kent Tarrant

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for sharing that, Kent. I’m always happy when someone comes to a post in this way.