The Origins of the Yellow Legal Pad

Legal Affairs recounts the origins of the legal pad.

Personally, while very devoted to yellow yellow pads up through law school, I discovered that I really preferred white pads some time early in law practice. I think they are easier to read.

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3 Responses to The Origins of the Yellow Legal Pad

  1. E-mart says:

    While I don’t have a preference, yellow sheets of handwritten notes are easier to find in files, and a yellow pad is easier to locate on a desk otherwise full of of white printer paper and manila folders.

  2. Ann Bartow says:

    Well this is pretty random, but when I was in high school I had a clerical job in a medical facility, and one part of the job was describing the color of certain…specimens. The two most common descriptive phrases I employed were “sunset peach” and “legal pad.” “Legal pad” tended to foreshadow a better diagnosis.

  3. peter says:

    In practice we switched to white pads because the yellow paper could not be recycled.

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