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Ye Olde Hipster
Merlin Mann | Aug 11 2005
Dominic Brown emails with this link from the Thomas Jefferson/Monticello site. Emphasis added.
Man, if that’s not the great-great-grandfather of the Hipster PDA, I don’t know what is. Hilarious.
According to The Library of Congress:
So it was basically like a miniature, paged dive board—but with ivory instead of plastic. (here’s a big photo of Jefferson’s notebook)
Note, also, that TJ was doing what a lot of hPDA fans do now; you’re looking solely for easy and ubiquitous capture with the notebook, but the heavy lifting of permanent storage is handled elsewhere—in Jefferson’s case by a big book, and in my case, by text files and Entourage. Each tool for its job, right?
Related: if a binder clip is too modern for your tastes, you can always buy this old-timey (and surprisingly compact) brass and ivory pocket notebook, which is quite similar to Jefferson’s. “It’s the 18th century version of the PDA,” say its manufacturers.
Clearly, there is nothing new under the sun
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