This video above says more about the latest Limited Edition from Field Notes, The National Crop, than I ever could! 4 times a year, Field Notes produces a very limited edition run of themed notebooks and this is number 14. It's definitely the best ever, a total celebration of everything that the memo book stands for. In a way, these promotional farmers memo books carried all the info that a crop raiser needed to get by, all of his observations, his records, notes, calculations, successes and failures. Watching this, holding The National Crop, I can't help but be reminded of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
From a time where the success/failure of a crop was literally the be all and end all, the axis about which a man's life would turn, you get a real appreciation of how much weight every single one of those scribbled numbers or notes would carry. As they say, I'm Not Writing It Down To Remember It Later, I'm Writing It Down To remember It Now! Few of us are in such a dire position these days, but the point remains that a pocket notebook really can be your best friend, the eidetic memory of everything noteworthy that we come across, everyday.