Moleskine notebooks were a popular in 19th and 20th century in Europe. They were handmade by small French bookbinders. These bookbinders supplied the stationery shops of Paris.
The notebooks became a popular way for artists and writers to jot down notes and sketch, capturing on paper the romance of life seen around them in the streets and cafés of France.
These same style notebooks are still available and enjoyed by many artists and creative people.
Now manufactured as Moleskines by an Italian company in Milan.