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Original 1951 Notebook

  • $11.95


The Original 1951 is a reissue of the original notebook made in that year by its renowned French manufacturer. Legend has it that this is the model notebook used by Julia Child to record her recipes when she was a student at the Cordon Bleu. (The notebook made a cameo appearance in Nora Ephron’s 2009 movie, “Julie & Julia.”)

The A5 pages are smooth white French-milled 90g paper, ruled, fountain pen- and marker-friendly, acid-free and pH neutral. The blue cover has a blank subject window.

The company was founded in 1858 in the town of Etival Clairefontaine, 90 km from Strasbourg, in the valley of the Meurthe river. There, the production of paper was to become an important business because of the availability of rags supplied by the local textile industry.  In 1880 the company’s paper mill began manufacturing envelopes, soon to be followed by the iconic notebooks. 

Walk into any stationery shop in France and you’ll see an extensive array of this company’s beloved notebooks.  Clairefontaine manufactures the classic composition book introduced to French schoolchildren in primary school; the notebooks, in various bindings and sizes, then become seemingly indispensable for decades to come.

 Softbound with a clothbound spine; Blue; 96 sheets (193 pages); 5-3/4” x 8-1/4” .

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