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: 8

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.