Why Is It Called a Legal Pad

It started as a modest collection of scraps of paper – now the yellow-line legal block is a must for writers, musicians and, of course, lawyers. Madeleine Brand talks to Suzanne Snider, editor of Legal Affairs magazine, about the history of the Legal Pad. Now back to why legal notebooks are yellow. There are many theories about this, but no one really knows. Some say they were yellow from the beginning. The theory is that because the pads were originally made from parts together, they looked cheap and of poor quality. Holley dyed them to make them a nobler and more uniform yellow. Aside from yellow paper, blue lines, and a tear-proof rubberized top, the red border is the only requirement for a stamp to be considered a legal stamp. In other words, yellow, blue, pink or purple paper, without the red border, it is not a legal block. MS. SNIDER: The funny thing is that you can be a legal block and be almost anything. There are a million permutations of a legal block. You can have a binding sewn, stapled, rubberized, spiral bound, double spiral binding, single border, double border.

You can be white, yellow. They can be junior in size; That`s about 5 times 7. In the future, Rocketbook will launch a digital notebook that they believe will replace a legal notebook. While the innovation is intriguing, the new design doesn`t include the familiar red line on the left. Homestec laptops have the leeway for those who can`t live without them. However, neither is available in yellow. The legal block was invented around 1888 by a paper mill worker, Thomas Holley, in Massachusetts. Holley came up with the idea of picking up the tons of leftover paper from the back of the factory and sewing them together into blocks of paper. The history of legal notebooks, or what we see right now, has a notepad, dating back to the late 1800s. It`s hard to say why the Legal Pad is such a classic piece for artists and professionals alike. That being said, it`s nice to write on a legal notepad. In the same way that a ballpoint pen or pencil #2 is intuitive and feels good, the legal block exudes an air of professionalism.

It is assumed that a Legal Pad must also have a size of 8.5″ x 14″ the same size as the legal paper to receive a Legal Pad designation. But this is not the case. Legal pads can be of any size or size, as long as they include the 1.25″ side vertical red line. BRAND: Can you be a legal pad and just be a modest 8 1/2 inches by 11? He`s not alone either. Many people swear that the only thing they use to write are legal blocks. There is something about them that leads to confidence and creativity, but how did they come about and why are they called legal blocks? While we may not know the real answer as to why they are yellow, we do know the origin of the margin of a legal block. Around 1900, a local judge asked Holley to add a vertical line on the left side of the paper to create a margin where he could take notes. These edges — also known as descending lines — are always red and 1.25 inches (3.1 centimeters) from the left edge of the page. Currently, Holley`s monstrous creation is one of the most popular disposable writing surfaces used to capture ideas. However, this may not be the case in the future, as some federal courts have banned legal-sized paper and many private law firms have committed to reducing their paper consumption by switching to digital filing, which can help eliminate a company`s 85,000 paper boxes stored in a warehouse.

Whatever the reasons, let`s hope that the secret of the meaning of the yellow stamp will not get lost in the popularity of the Internet. There`s something in America that needs lawyers to scribble on their legal notepads to take advantage of the confidence boost it provides. Most people must have used notepads at least once in their lives. You may have used notebooks when you were a student, businessman or employee. In the past, lawyers and people working in law enforcement preferred colorful legal blocks. Over time, people from different fields and professions began to use notepads of different shapes, sizes, and colors. However, a yellow-colored writing block is still called a legal block. So let`s learn something interesting about legal blocks. One hypothesis is that color was chosen for those working in the legal profession because it stimulated their creativity and mental abilities.

It also provided a background that contrasted very well with the black ink and gave a professional feel. Companies often hand out sanitary pads in meetings with customers and others and don`t want to hand out cheap pads.