I remember using card catalogs. & I have fond memories of flipping through the cards, trying to close a drawer that needed a bit of an oomph, & the labeling. Oh, the labeling. Last night when watching the documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” – I gasped. She catalogs her jokes.
Did you catch some of the categories on the outside for the subjects? “Cooking – Tony Danza”, “Pets – Politically Incorrect”, “Rich Married Women – My Sex Life”, “New York – No Self Worth”.
Apparently the most difficult part of the system is: “Does this one go under ugly or does it go under dumb?”
What I love about this is that it is so particular (& archival) to her body of work & an amazing example of organization that has been made personalized.