The Good Old Mead Composition Book!


These are so common in the US – you can get them just about everywhere. But elsewhere they are impossible to find. Most of my refillable hand bound books use them and Europe does not use this paper size, so whenever someone goes to the US I ask them to buy some for me.

My favorite are the Mead ones which are made in Egypt as they have the best paper quality. This paper is not archival though so does not last forever but for notes it is just the business!

Interestingly, I always say ‘Mead’ even though the ones I use the most are Staples’ generic ones. I guess this is an example of a brand name which has become a generic


Below are some of my books which use the Mead Composition Book refills.





And my favorite country of manufacture for the paper:




Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

5 thoughts

  1. I definitely haven’t seen those in the UK or France. I like the French Clairfontaine notebooks – good paper quality and sensible prices – as daily workhorses. I don’t mind squared paper, as my handwriting is so awful and sprawling (my shorthand is easier to read!) …

      1. I visit friends in the Dordogne once a year, and the traditional first day of the holiday is a visit to a stationery superstore in Brive – we stagger away with piles of notebooks and pens!

      2. LOL! Yes, that’s me – and my two friends! We have a running joke about stationery porn where we hyperventilate over notebooks and pens!

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