Thank you Alan for this guest post, and I look forward to meeting Peter Layvine this summer.
This is a followup to Steve's wonderful post about receiving a personal York, about my matching Brand New In Box (BNIB for people used to text-speak) York Director Deskfax. I also feel I owe Peter Laywine this post.
Last spring, I was corresponding with Peter, who runs an eponymously named fine pen and organizer store, about his annual spring sale. As the Deskfax Group had recently been set up on Facebook, I also asked him about Deskfax items, particularly punches, which several people were looking for. Peter mentioned that he had a York Director Deskfax in the back that he was putting on sale. When I popped into his store, he was not there, but one of his staff got it out.
The regular price was $425 and the staff member said it was 50% off. I had never paid that much for an organizer, but it was lovely.
So I bought it. A week later, I was back in the store and saw Peter. “Did you buy the Deskfax?” “Yes?” He laughed, “Well enjoy it, it was only supposed to be 25% off!” This post is the long-overdue “Thank You!” to Peter.
The Deskfax came with many inserts, which I have removed. As you can see the layout of the Deskfax is somewhat different than the personal. Whereas the personal has a unzipped full-length pocket behind the cardslots, the Deskfax has a secretarial pocket and a zipped pocket. The inside back cover of the Personal is where you find the zipped pocket, which has a slot for taking a pad of B5 paper in the Deskfax.
I have posted on Facebook about my setup, but I will share it here briefly. I created an Excel file that allows me to have the identical week on one page layouts in my Deskfax, which stays in my home office, and my slimline personal.
I only carry one term, four months, at a time. It is a VERY awkward system to get right for printing, but I only have to do this three times a year. I will be exploring software that would make this process easier.