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Postalco Notebook (Small)
Spiral- and cotton-bound notebook. No design consideration spared. Made in Japan with chlorine-free, pin-graph paper. Available in signal red, dark blue, light blue or yellow. (
Postalco Notebooks are made entirely in Japan, the notebook covers are bonded with starched, pressed, water-resistant cotton in four rich, muted colors. The paper is made from boiled natural fibers and formed into thin, smoothly textured paper. This texture keeps the pen from slipping too easily and makes it an ideal writing surface to keep thoughts flowing. This paper is pH-neutral, meaning that it will not yellow over time and can last up to 1000 years. The 1 mm x 1 mm, light blue pin-graph paper (like a fine mesh) makes for more versatile guidelines, and works well for both writing and drawing. The paper is ecologically made and chlorine-free.
The notebooks are spiral-bound, for ease when flipping through its pages, then cloth-bound for a clean look. When flipped open the cover extends past the bottom of the paper, a clever design consideration that supports your hand as you keep writing to the bottom of the page. The small Postalco notebook is sensibly sized at 3.25" x 5" — best for carrying around in a back pocket.
Each notebook is subtly adorned with Postalco’s logo, a carrier pigeon, the speedy, correspondence-oriented birds that were trusted with urgent messages tucked into little leather pouches strapped to their backs.
Use & Care
The cloth binding make the notebooks good for archiving, catalog these by writing on the pressed cotton fabric and stowing your growing stack in a bookshelf.
The colors of the cotton cover lightens with use, and the weave will become more apparent. The fabric is treated with a light water resistant coating. If the cover gets wet, pat dry with a soft cloth.
Production & Design
Currently based in Tokyo, Postalco originated in Brooklyn, New York. Husband-and-wife team, Mike and Yuri Abelson, a product designer and a graphic designer, respectively, began with a love of the international transport of mail and Japanese craftsmanship. This soon evolved into an exploration of the beauty of paper, with its smooth texture and tangible warmth, and their skills and fancies converged seamlessly into Postalco. Their current store is in the 4th floor of a quiet building in a low-key Tokyo neighborhood, a location befitting their understated, clean sense of style.
Mike and Yuri work closely with the craftsmen who make their goods, discussing every stitch and fold in the construction of their notebooks, envelopes and wallets, with workers who are just as obsessed with quality as the designers. Mike insists that a notebook as meticulously constructed as these can only be made in Japan, and Postalco designs their products as a reflection of the unmatched resource of Japanese craftsmanship.
Postalco notebook paper is ecologically made, pH-balanced and chlorine-free. The covers are made of starched, pressed cotton.
The Pocket Notebooks of Twenty Famous Men, The Art of Manliness
Country-Side Notes by the British Empire Naturalist's Association, Google Books
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Postalco and Carrying Research, Meisai
3.25 in x 5 in
8.9 cm x 12.7 cm
–Pressed cotton cover
(1 mm x 1 mm)