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chumbucket - 2011-07-13
I take offense to having this titled "Old"
and it looks like they may not have yet perfected the "keeper" technology, hence the product name.
chumbucket - 2011-07-13
no wait, "Keeper" was in the old-er binders so apparently having kids "keep" them year after year hit Mead's bottom line at some point in the 80's

Robin Kestrel - 2011-07-13
The 3-hole-punched cardboard folders with pockets came first, called "Trappers". When Mead designed a binder to keep those folders in, they called it a "Trapper Keeper". Eventually, the whole product line that ensued was just called "Trapper".

You can still get them at http://www.meadonline.com/Trapper/home.aspx

Jellyneck - 2011-07-13
Thanks, Mead representative.

pressed peanut sweepings - 2011-07-13
being smart is for dumbasses
Quad9Damage - 2011-07-13
Don't be such a NERD. Get the Trapper!

Xenocide - 2011-07-13
Trappers automatically absolve you from nerdity. Look at it! It has a penguin in sunglasses on the front! That tells the world you're cool. Or a furry.

The Mothership - 2011-07-13
That 'see through' pocket was such shit.
MacGyver Style Bomb - 2011-07-13
Nah, it was just plain shit. Ripped apart quite easily if I recall.

charmlessman - 2011-07-13
Fat kids have fat hands and can't pick up paper.
TeenerTot - 2011-07-13
I found the trapper keeper woefully inadequate to tote all the shit I needed for my classes. Where do these kids go to school that all they need for class is a few sheets of loose leaf?
sosage - 2011-07-13
American public school, DUH!

Xenocide - 2011-07-13
Judging from Trapper Kid's classmates, I'd say he went to Teen Stereotype Middle School.

Neat Girl later ended up getting her heart broken by Cool Leather Jacket Kid, who strung her along but really had his heart set on Cheerleader. She eventually ended up with Nerd, but part of her always felt like she was settling. None of these children had actual names.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2011-07-13
I had one of these, and I specifically asked my mom for it because of this commercial and having seen it right around back to school shopping time.

It actually worked pretty well and I got a good two years of use out of it. That was longer than anything else in elementary school lasted me.

And yes, that plastic, holey sleeve thing sucked dick and was good for nothing. It's the one part of it that remained in perfect condition because I never bothered to try to use it.
kingofthenothing - 2011-07-13
You were one of those kids that just talked all the time, huh?

dairyqueenlatifah - 2011-07-14
Correction: I was that kid who would sit all the way in the back of the class and talk the entire period, and yet still manage to make B's.

Syd Midnight - 2011-07-15
I cut a slit in the side of the plastic cover so I could stick in pictures of rock stars I cut out of Rolling Stone and Spin.

pastorofmuppets - 2011-07-14
get that big nerd brain OUTTA here
notascientist - 2011-07-14
I was a nerd with an oversized brain and I wasn't organized. Maybe this had something to do with the fact that school was, for the most part, an unchallenging, soul-sucking hell hole of boredom.

Also, I had trapper keepers, and I made a mess of them.
Caminante Nocturno - 2011-07-14
Neat Freak is only like that at school. Once the bell rings, she turns into a leather jacket-wearing, hair-feathering, motorcycle-riding rocker chick. Last week, she beat the crap out of fifteen Hell's Angels.

It was a huge mess.
hammsangwich - 2011-07-14
I had the generic version and it was an even bigger piece of shit than the actual Trapper Keeper if you can imagine.
stifford - 2011-07-15
trapper keepers were for faaaaaaaags*, man...
if you didn't have one of those giant ass
three ring binders, with that weird blue felt material on it,
with the logos of every heavy metal/thrash band
carefully sketched on it, welcome to Homo-town,
population: you.

(* back in 1992, it was still totally cool calling people fags,etc)
Jet Bin Fever - 2011-07-18
I had that penguin at the beach Trapper Keeper!
klingerbgoode - 2012-06-23
In 1992 my school had a ban on trapper keepers for some reason. They were the Magic The Gathering of their time in Kansas.
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