January 26th, 2013



So, many, many years ago, I worked in the stationery department of a fancy department store, and I fell in love with all the pretty papers. I bought quite a bit, and have added to it through the years. And, since I rarely have any reason to put pen to paper anymore (and thank God for that - my handwriting just continues to get worse as I get older), I have a cabinet full of writing paper of all sizes.


I also took pictures of the newspaper stack on the end of the couch, but decided that was one messy area too much. lol I scoop them all up about once a week and dump them in the recycling bin.


I generally try not to post archive stuff too often, but come on, paper? What else am I going to post? This is a form from the 1860s, which I photographed for a friend whose kids go to the school it refers to. (They are doing a history project.) It's a form which was sent to apply to set up a school, and it sets out what school provision there is already locally; the kind of people who live locally; and practicalities such as number of pupils, building materials (the flooring will proudly be "best Baltic red deal"), and local fundraising to support the school. It's probably not very interesting in itself unless you know the place, or else you're researching, but it actually tells you quite a bit about money, property holding, building standards, socio-economic make-up. Put it together with plenty of similar forms, and you'll learn a lot.

School grants 001

Below the cut a very dull page from a supplementary form. Which I like purely because of the colour. For some reason, I never picture Victorian files being full of canary yellow paper. Plus an image of the volume exterior. It's number 92 out of 141, and every one of these thick volumes tells you about the creation of dozens of schools.

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