Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

by James Ward | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1846686164 Global Overview for this book
Registered by futurecat of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 9/4/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, September 04, 2017
A really interesting history of a whole load of common stationery items - from the pencil to the filing cabinet, and everything in between.

Its breadth was actually a failing at times - it seemed like the author was so eager to cover so many topics that he didn't have time to go into any real depth on any of them. There were quite a few brief mentions of things I would have loved to know more about.

The other thing I found frustrating was the illustrations, or rather lack of illustrations when he was talking about the subtle differences in design between different brands (the paperclips chapter was a great example of this - he spent several pages discussing the different shapes of paperclips, but I couldn't quite envision what he was describing - photos (or even just drawings) would have really helped). There are little photos in the margins scattered through the book, but they aren't captioned, so I found it hard to work out how they connected to the text (especially when he was describing brands that are common in the UK or USA, but not in NZ - I think he assumed all his readers would just know the brands and therefore know exactly what the item looked like).

But other than that, a really fun and interesting book.

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Journal Entry 2 by winglytteltonwitchwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, October 29, 2017
This book was given to me a few weeks ago and I am finally getting around to logging it. Looks like an interesting read and perfect for someone who has a slight obsession with stationery

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