Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This is a picture of Jefferson's Notebook, made of ivory. He took notes on the plates, which he later transcribed into his paper Notebooks. The entries in the Notebook could be erased.
Such devices for note-taking go back far in the history of writing. Being much more expensive than wax tablets, they were the privilege of the rich (or relatively well-off.
In any case, the two-step process of first taking notes and then transcribing or further processing these notes must be relatively old. Paper added convenience, and thus incrementally changed this process, but it did not radically change it (or so it would seem).