4 × 12 + 2 = 50
Our Quarterly Edition for Spring 2021 commemorated the forty-nine preceding releases in our ongoing series that started with designing “Butcher Orange” way back in 2008. We went back to basics for the 3-Packs. Simple, beautiful, “Red Hot” French Paper Co. covers with surrounding 48 pages of . Metallic ink on a colored cover first appeared in our 5th release in 2009, “Just Below Zero,” and has made an appearance here and there since then.
We’ve used a lot of French Paper over the years but surprisingly this is our first use of Pop-Tone “Red Hot” stock. The books also feature an almost-blank flyleaf, with a Futura “50” peeking through a die-cut circle. Each 3-Pack contains recalling a specific Quarterly Edition: Safety Orange from “Dime Novel,” Nightshift Blue from “End Papers,” and Gumdrop Green from “Grass Stain Green.”
In creating this set, we’ve been thinking a lot about all the editions that came before it, and what — if anything — we can conclude from this anniversary. Jim took a stab at it in his essay, “Counting to Fifty.”
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While supplies last, all purchases made at our site which include one or more “Fifty” 3-Packs will also receive a fun celebrating “Great Moments in Field Notes Finishing.”
NOTE: These are not valid postage, but they are valid for placing on notebooks, laptops and pretty much anywhere you wish to reference the final steps of classic Field Notes Memo Book production.
Subscribers who had Fifty as one of their shipments also received an exclusive 9" × 5-1/2" 96-page “Anniversary Desk Ledger” that was just about the most complicated (and most fun) thing we’ve ever made. The “Desk Ledger” was a limited-edition gift for subscribers who received Fifty as one of their subscription shipments and was not available for purchase. This item is no longer available.
The book features with an exposed binding . The first signature contains carefully die-cut pages of various French Paper colored paper stocks from past editions. A “By the Numbers” section indexes a slew of facts, trivia and wisecracking. Next is Jim’s essay about the Quarterly Editions series, then six “Top Ten” lists and a checklist to track your collection.
The next four signatures are made up of for sketching, planning, and designing. The lovely, flexible, big horizontal pages make plenty of room for your work, and lay nice and flat, thanks to the binding.
The final signature includes an illustrated gallery of the first fifty Quarterly Editions, with stats and notes, printed in full color plus white on our beloved French Packing Brown Kraft paper.
Proudly printed by the good people of Lake County Press, Inc., Waukegan, Ill.
Memo Book Covers: French Pop-Tone 100#C “Red Hot,” with a thick, brute force, 1-color application of “Walking Liberty Silver” soy-based Toyo UV ink.
Memo Book Flyleaves: French 70#T “Nightshift Blue,” “Safety Orange,” or “Gumdrop Green.”
Anniversary Desk Ledger first signature: French Paper Company Pop-Tone 100#C “Red Hot.” Body: Pop-Tone 70#T “Hot Fudge,” Pop-Tone 70#T “Pink Lemonade,” Construction 70#T “Nightshift Blue,” Construction 70#T “Safety Orange,” Pop-Tone 70#T “Gumdrop Green” printed with a thick, brute force application of “Dachshund Nose Black” and “Walking Liberty Silver” soy-based Toyo UV inks. Last Signature: French Paper Company Dur-O-Tone 70#T “Packing Brown Wrap,” printed with a thick, brute force 5-color application of white and process-color soy-based Toyo UV inks.
Memo Book and Anniversary Desk Ledger Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T “Bright White,” with a fine, 1-color application of “New Friends Silver” soy-based Toyo ink.
Memo Book and Anniversary Desk Ledger covers, flyleaves, and innards printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40" 6-color UV printing press.
Memo Book bound with a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 270 5-pocket saddle stitcher with cover feeder/scorer and Rima RS 10S in-line stacker at Lake County Press, Waukegan, Ill. Anniversary Desk Ledger hand-assembled and bound with American & Eﬁrd Tex 40 D-Core 32187 thread on an Aster sewing machine and Kolbus KM600 binder at Reindl Bindery, Germantown, Wisc.
Memo Book Corners precisely rounded to a 3/8" (9.5mm) radius. Anniversary Desk Ledger corners rounded to a 3/8" (9.5mm) radius with a Challenge DCM double round-corner machine.
Memo Book Graph grid: 3/16" × 3/16" (4.7mm × 4.7mm). Anniversary Desk Ledger Dot-Graph Grid: 3/16"× 3/16" (4.7mm × 4.7mm).
Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (89mm × 140mm). Anniversary Desk Ledger dimensions are 9" × 5–1/2" (228mm × 140mm).
FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.
All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
3-Pack UPC: 858493003998
Anniversary Desk Ledgers are a subscriber bonus and are not available purchase outside of a subscription.