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If you were under sixteen in the mid-eighties, you should remember these. The Trapper Keeper was a highly stylized type of three ring binder. They had a flap that folded over the opening and velcroed shut, color-coordinated plastic backbones, and, in later years, even matching colored loose leaf paper. They used to come adorned with endearingly corny designs of tropicalia or random shapes that looked like Bryce gone horribly wrong. On the ones I saw most recently, the non-commital cheesiness had been replaced with kid-targeted advertising.

Trapper Keepers were sort of the Swatches of grade school. There were always new styles available, and kids would go through two or three a school year. The novelty was a big part of the attraction.