1940 Travelers Memo Book

This little memo booklet is the type of thing I pick up at the flea market for 50 cents, and then get it home and wonder what I’m going to do with it.  The truth is, I’m a sucker for anything printed with a map, especially something vintage.  So I picked up this sweet little thing one day, and now I just have it hanging around where I can enjoy looking at it.

Even in 1940, the person who picked up this freebie at the Bank of America took it home and put it in a drawer and promptly forgot about it.  So many things of this type survive by lying in a messy desk drawer for 60 years or so, to see the light of day only when it comes time to go to a retirement home, or for the family to start sorting through all the stuff.

Then at the estate sale, some dealer buys the entire desk drawer contents, piles it all in a box, and takes the box to the flea market where ephemera lovers like me prowl through it for that perfect little gem.

Like this little memo booklet.

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8 responses to “1940 Travelers Memo Book

  1. Glad to know I’m not the only “map-a-holic” out there – I would’ve picked it up myself. And yes, maps are great, I could spend all day reading them!

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  2. Thank You for posting the details, it is wonderful …it makes me feel I’m right there with my parents in real time

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  3. That is sweet. And so nice to find in its original state.

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  4. seaside

    This is really charming. Thanks for the photos. I would pore over something like this and imagine life as being simpler – but it probably wasn’t really.

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  5. I love little vintage books like this!
    I have a little McCall’s 1963 Appointment Diary which I adore. It’s full of wonderful etiquette tips too. 🙂

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  6. If I wish I had that on our driving tour of the West last year. It beats the little steno pad I used in a major way!

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  7. Love that…the map is so cool, as are the fonts! The photo in my Blogger Dashboard preview completely caught my eye, even before I knew it was a post from you.

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