June 20, 2010

Ski-Hi Notebooks

A few years ago, my wife and I were poking around inside a junk shop east of Nashville, and well off of I-40, when I ran across a stack of unused school notebooks.  The cover illustration, featuring a cowboy on a bucking bronco, was more than I could pass up and I ended up going home with five of them.  Somehow in the process of moving to a different house and then moving things between rooms in that house, I misplaced them for a while.  I ran across them in a box the other night and decided they were too cool not to share.

The list of valuable prizes.  Note that the terms of the contest are for the 1949-50 school year.

I didn't have a Musgrave Pencil handy for this shot so I used a Field Notes No. 2.

What a great slogan.  That appears to be some sort of geographical segment that the horse is riding on but I'm not sure what it is.

I have to assume it's no coincidence that Colorado's oldest rodeo is the "Ski-Hi Stampede."  The above 1920s photo may have even served as some inspiration.

No. 13 must mean something in regard to this notebook model but I don't know what.  Also, what is "Yellow News?"  Probably refers to the paper.  Ragland, Potter & Company was a wholesale grocery outfit based here in Middle Tennessee.  I've tried to find out what the address designation "Nashville 1" refers to but I still haven't found it.

This is an early 1900s photo of a Ragland, Potter & Co. branch in Murfreesboro, TN.  Today, Ragland Bros. owns Piggly-Wiggly and Lucky Supermarkets.

Soft and pulpy ruled paper.  I got these thinking I would fill them with all sorts of interesting stuff but I haven't had the heart to put lead to them yet.

What if I sent my kids to school with these as a joke?

I've seen some Big Chief notebooks on Ebay for as much as $100 recently which is just ridiculous.  I could be wrong but I think the Ski-Hi is a rarer bird, possibly distributed only in the Southeast.  I think I only bought half of the stack.  I've thought about going back for the rest but I don't have any idea where that junk shop was.


  1. I bet we could find it if we tried.

  2. These are classic. Great find. What junk shop?

  3. Springer -

    I've been looking at a map to figure it out. We started out around Carthage and I think we stayed north of the interstate but I'm still trying to pinpoint it. This was probably in 2005...

  4. I think the "1" in Nashville is some sort of early zip code. Not sure though.