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Very poor quality
Comments about Esselte Oxford� Index Cards; 3x5, Ruled, White:
Rated one star because it is not possible to give a zero. Stock is thin, poor quality, and coarse to write on. Ok for little kids, but look elsewhere if you are looking for a sturdy index card.
great for organizing reports
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Truth is beauty, beauty, 3x5 index cards
Comments about Esselte Oxford� Index Cards; 3x5, Ruled, White:
When I was asked to review Oxford index cards, my first thought "Wingo! This'll be a cake walk!", but after sitting down to begin my drafting process, I realized it would be more difficult than I'd ever imagined.
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm, simply put, crazy for Oxford index cards. "Hey," I hear them say, "here comes James! That dude sure loves Oxford index cards," and I smile and pull from my pocket a 3x5, a 4x5, or occasionally the rare 2x8. But, for the purposes of this review, I wanted to remain critical, to think of Oxford index cards with the mind of a child, to ask myself, "Why Oxford index cards?" By the time I finished, I realized the question I should have been asking was, "Why, Oxford index cards?"
Merriam Webster doesn't define 3x5 Oxford index cards. What are they? Standard Paper? Card stock? Nay, a third thickness and malleability somewhere in between. This is what drives most of us to Oxford index cards. They are pliable, but won't crease when left in a front pocket. They are sturdy, but can still be made into small, poorly-functioning paper airplanes. But the malleability and thickness of Oxford index cards seemingly purposefully lend themselves best to one thing: being written on.
This is possibly the number one use for Oxford index cards. Daily, trillions of people all around the word write notes on these cards for themselves, for their loved ones, even for complete strangers. No, you can't write on novel on a 3x5 Oxford index card. You can barely even write a limerick on a 3x5 Oxford index card (you certainly can't on the rare 2x8, I'll tell you that much), but that is the place of Standard Long-Form Paper (SLFP), and we're not here to talk about SLFP.
Writing on index cards was never the same after 1952 when the Oxford index cards company added to Oxford index cards what remain to this day the single most innovative and game-changing addition to any sort of index cards: blue lines. Before the blue lines notes on index cards would crook and zig zag like some sort of crazy word river. People wrote on them upside down, on the wrong side, some people even wrote on index cards in portrait orientation. (What is this? SLFP?) With the addition of the blue lines, and later, in 1958, the top red line, Oxford index cards really came their own. The added uniformity catapulted Oxford index cards to the upper limits of the business world. It also cemented the fact that most people take for granted nowadays: you can only write on one side. You filled up the front of your 3x5 Oxford index card? Get another card, Jack.
There are many different arguments to be made for which size is optimal for an Oxford index card, all of them valid. I do not want it to seem like the 3x5 Oxford index card is the best or even my favorite index card. There is a time and a place for all sizes of the Oxford index card. However, I will claim that the 3x5 is the most versatile. I have no concrete or factual evidence for this, I think it comes from my own personal nostalgia. They awake in me the memory of a simpler time. Of flash cards, of learning the alphabet, of the mighty Clinton boom years. Sure, 4x5's make slightly not-as-terrible paper airplanes and 2x8's are more esoteric, but give me a 3x5 anyway of the week. Except game day.
Sometimes people will say to me, "Come on, James. 3x5 Oxford index cards? Don't you know how much more you can write on Standard Long-Form Paper?"
"Look, jerk," I'll return, "do you need SLFP for this?" and I hand them a crudely-drawn picture of a middle finger, proudly rendered in blue ink on a 3x5 Oxford index card. SLFP is the paper of weakness. SLFP is a crumbling paper. When you're done with it, you wad it up and toss it in the trash can. Try wadding up that middle finger I just drew you, buddy. Yes, I realize it's possible, but was it as easy? BOOM! You just encountered one of the noblest qualities of the Oxford index card: its indefatigability. Certainly you can crumple it up and toss it towards the trashcan, but you'd better believe it's going to fight back and it's not going anywhere near that can. (Try making it into a paper airplane. It's not getting any closer to the trashcan, but it's a more natural form for an Oxford index card.)
This highlights the seemingly solemn fact that most Oxford index cards are destined to be "trash." To be thrown away, maybe torn up, inevitably forgotten. But I ask of you: what is in permanence? Can you name me one truly permeant beauty? The great mountains are constantly shaped by winds and seismic activity, paintings fade, photographs are dumb, and sculptures fall over every day. Every. Day.
I posit that much of the beauty of Oxford index cards and the idea of and behind Oxford index cards lies in this impermanence. This is just another of the many ways that Oxford index cards imitate life; just because it is fleeting, finite, does not mean it is any less true or beautiful. This is why Oxford index cards have such a profound impact on our daily lives and the very way we view ourselves.
I feel too many people nowadays tend to liken themselves to Standard Long-Form Paper. Full of punctuation, florid language, and articles, both definite and indefinite. It is natural for us as human beings to want to compare ourselves to SLFP, mostly due to the fact that the modern media machine has built up the reputation of SLFP through years of propaganda. Thanks, Obama. But when writing on an Oxford index card, you leave out all that superfluous nonsense and get to the truth, to the beauty of what you're writing, of who you are. If you've read this review, my treatise to the 3x5, I hope you recognize the subdued, cursory beauty found in all Oxford index cards that you just might find the next time you look deep into a mirror.
[I was not given this product as a gift, nor was I compensated for writing this review. 12/21/2011]
Good for what we use it for
By Mary Ann
from San Antonio, Texas
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