Customized covers: a trip down memory lane

Post Comment

011Another thing I stumbled upon while I was home the other week for Thanksgiving: my old assignment diaries from junior high and high school. I thought about Kate Marshall and her fifteen years of journals, then decided to take some pictures.

We were given one of these “dockets” (or maybe we had to buy them, I don’t remember) at the start of each year to keep track of homework and tests. There was probably some sort of time management indoctrination involved; I seem to recall my 8th grade Latin teacher being very strict about having us write down the day’s assignment in our dockets, rather than on a random scrap of paper or, God forbid, simply trying to remember it.

Here’s what my docket looked like in 1991-2; I would have been in 7th grade:


Of course, like most teenagers, we were quite interested in staking out our nascent identities — there was no Facebook back then! — so there was also a fair amount of customization that went on in the form of stickers, pictures, magazine clippings, etc.

Here’s the cover of my 1992-3 docket:


Trolls! PETA slogans! Quotes from Lily Tomlin! Just for kicks, here’s the back:


The next year, I went even further with the nature theme, and what I believe is a reference to Na Na, the store in Santa Monica that first sold Doc Martens:


Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any dockets from the rest of my high school career, but as I was flipping through these early ones, I was reminded of another thing: dockets were a great way to pass notes, since you could share your docket with a friend under the pretenses of letting her copy down an assignment.

2 thoughts on “Customized covers: a trip down memory lane

  1. That’s great you found those. I remember when my aunt would bring back stuff from the Body Shop in the UK, and they always had the large ‘Against Animal Testing” stickers like those on their products.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.