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Archival Pencil Sharpeners

Shopping from 1949 In our household, we still use pencils for annotating books and recipes, for list making and doodling. We love having a manual pencil sharpener that accommodates the various sized pencils in our collection – from the plumpish Ticonderoga Laddie to my sleek German graphite pencils. Our favorite is the Boston Champion – …

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Shopping from the Movies: Pencil Sharpeners

Outfitting the new office in The Good Fairy (Sturges 1932) If you’re like us, you’ve given up purchasing new desk accessories. Current offerings at stores such as Staples are uninspired. We prefer to comb thrift store aisles for tape dispensers, pen holders, metal files and the occasional typewriter. Movies are an excellent source for office …

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Archivally Analog

As you’d probably guess, we’re devotees of everything analog . Clocks and watches are the most obvious examples, but I’ll confess to a serious obsession with analog stove and oven controls (I see no reason why home ovens can’t have the same interface as a commercial Blodgett). The latest and most impressive analog inspiration comes …

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Archival Office Supplies: Rhodia Notebooks

Rhodia N° 16 Ed. Note: Friend Lynn M. and I love French-made Rhodia notebooks (in 1997, Rhodia was acquired by my other favorite stationary company, Clairefontaine). I maintain a large personal archive of used/unused Rhodia notebooks in oddball sizes. My personal favorite is Rhodia N° 8, a narrow, oblong pad with gridded paper. In this …

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Shopping from Saunders Mfg Co.

Recycled Aluminum Snapak Editor’s Note: friend and guest blogger Tom B. is back again with an entry on archival organizational tools from Saunders, “universally recognized as the leading manufacturer of aluminum form holders and plastic and aluminum clipboards” (Saunders company website). Despite the impressive user interface, iPhones and their ilk will never completely replace paper …

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Archival Salvage: Filson Semi-Annual Sale

Filson Tin Waterfowl/Upland Coat Tin Cloth Carpenter Pants Alaskan Long John Zip-Neck Upland Wellington Boot Filson sent out an email today announcing a semi-annual sale. Since Filson never puts regular stock items on sale (try a web search sometime), one can assume that these “sale” items are actually going to be discontinued from the main …

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