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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 17, 2021

We love a good notebook!
Notebooks were a frequent opportunity for advertising in the late 19th and early 20th century. This one even has a title of "Things to do today," and its imitation leather cover makes it fancier than most. It was created by Gold Medal Flour, part of the Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis in 1928. It came to us as part of Richard Ferrell Milling Collection.