Pee Chee folder

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The yellow Pee Chee All Season Portfolio was a common American stationery item in the second half of the 20th century, commonly used by students for storing school papers. It was first produced in 1943 by the Western Tablet and Stationery Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Pee Chees were later produced by the Mead Corporation.[1]

History[edit]

These relatively inexpensive folders are made of card stock and have two internal pockets for the storage of loose leaf paper. The pockets are printed with a variety of reference information including factors for converting between Imperial and metric measurement units, and a multiplication table.[1][2] The folders had fallen out of general use by the 2000s,[3] but are available from Mead as of 2014.[2]

The illustrations on Pee-Chee folders have changed occasionally over the years, but usually depict high school-age students engaged in sports or other activities.[1] Artist Francis Golden, best known for watercolors of fishing and hunting, drew the illustrations that have graced the Pee-Chee folders since 1964.[1] It became popular for students to deface these figures, often with scurrilous doodles and thought balloons.[1]

The major difference between Pee-Chees and other paper folders is the inside pockets. Pee Chees have pockets located at the sides, not the bottom, which prevents the contents from falling out if the folder is inadvertently stored upside down.[1]

The Pee-Chee portfolio was given its name because the folders were initially only available in peach; the folders are now available in five colors and have been renamed “Color Talk Pee-Chee Folders,″ but the original color remains the most popular by far.[1]

The retro Pee-Chee illustrations now add nostalgic flair to official merchandise for the indie duo She & Him (which consists of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), T-shirts, and iPad cases.[1][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rich, Sarah C. (19 September 2012). "The Pee-Chee Folder: Illustrated by the Most Interesting Man in the World". Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Color Talk Pee-Chee Folder". Mead. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Heavy Metal Madness: Back to School Blues and Yellows". CreativePro.com. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Pee Chee™ Universal Case for 9 and 10” Tablets — Yellow". Kensington.com. Retrieved 10 August 2014.