Mental Floss – In the fall of 1981, second grader Mike Ryan was walking through the halls of his new school when he realized something terrible: He was the only kid without a Trapper Keeper. “I’m sure there were others,” he says now. “But I certainly didn’t notice them because they weren’t worth noticing because they didn’t have a Trapper Keeper.” After school, he told his parents his tale of woe, and his father picked one up—but it was the wrong thing, a rip-off made of what appeared to be denim. To Ryan’s horror, everyone noticed. “Trapper Keeper? That looks more like a Trapper Jeansper,” one kid sneered.
I have a strange nostalgia for the Trapper Keeper. I wanted one so bad, but hated every kid that had one. Maybe not hate, but certainly envied. I mean look at that commercial! How could you not want one of these things? If folded into like a hundred compartments (I assume) and made you the coolest kid around. I remember asking, begging my parents for one. Instead my mom brought me home a bunch of three ring binders from work and told me “these are just as good.” No mom, no they were not