Published on April 25th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Step Backwards With Retro Stationery
Today is World Stationery Day and we’re celebrating by looking at some of the retro stationery that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. With the rise in popularity for retro items across many different markets, it’s only fair that stationery also see a rise in retro popularity.
Nostalgia is when we feel emotions specifically related to events that have happened in the past, or when we see objects that remind us of the past. The feelings invoked can be both positive and negative with the origin of the word being Greek, from nostos for homecoming and algos meaning pain or ache.
Retro items are becoming more and more popular nowadays, from the release of films such as Ready Player One that specifically cater towards 1980s nostalgia to gaming giant Nintendo releasing miniature versions of their classic consoles. The love for retro items is extending to retro stationery as well, with the classic cylinder pencil case becoming more popular with designs such as famous soft drinks such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola being seen more often.
Some Beloved Retro Stationery
Attending school as a child or teenager meant that we were all exposed to fads that became popular before disappearing soon after. Some of these include the gel pen craze of the 1990s with the rise of multi-coloured pens that often came in glitter or fragranced ranges that people just simply had to have.
Other much-loved stationery items included the classic Crayola stamp pens, the perfect items for any kid to decorate their school work – even if the teacher didn’t like it! Some old school stationery items are still popular today, with the Berol Handwriting Pens being staple items in primary school for advancing on to writing with pens still a popular item today.
The BIC 4-colour pens were a must have accessory in any pencil case and they’re still incredibly useful today, providing four colours to write with instead of the traditional one! Along with scented gel pens, fragranced erasers were also a much beloved item, particularly if they were novelty shapes and colours!
What Are Some Must Have Stationery Items?
With many of these retro stationery items slowly coming back into fashion, what are some stationery items that we think are must have in the school, or even office, today? One of the number ones items simply has to the be the classic Staedtler Noris HB Pencils, the yellow and black pencils that have been a staple of drawing and writing for decades.
Other must have items are Stabilo highlighters, which are perfect for highlighting any important information in notes or textbooks. The Casio Scientific Calculator is perfect for any students as it can be used for equations in mathematics, science classes and more. So, take a look now to find the perfect stationery items in the large range on Post Office Shop, all available with next working day delivery.