I was taking notes in my notebook this weekend when I realized it had a pocket in the back. It reminded me of the centuries-old tradition of books as containers. Unlike e-books that keep things out, books are things that hold things (notes, eye-glasses, dried plants, records, even flies for fishing). I’m still trying to figure out how the term pocketbook started to be used for women’s purses. There must be a great history there on the continuum of consumer goods and sentimental containers.
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite examples.