Old laptops

Anne here, writing to you from my laptop.

Grandpa'sWritingBoxSide-on

It might surprise you to know that Jane Austen also wrote on a laptop. So did my grandfather and I think his grandfather, too. Though theirs weren't quite the same as mine. For a start, theirs were made of wood. (That's a side-on view of Grandpa's laptop above.)

Alexander Hamilton had one — all sorts of famous people did. They were standard equipment, especially for people who travelled. Here's a link to learn more about Hamilton's.

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A “Wogdon Affair”

Duel ACara/Andrea here,

Just the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in London, and somehow we got onto the subject of flintlock pistols. (No, no, it’s not that we are bellicose or bloodthirsty—we are both history geeks, so we often digress into arcane topics, such as dueling.) I started waxing poetic over Joe Manton, and how we Regency authors always have our heroes carry Manton firearms.

Dueling pairWell, he prompted countered that he preferred Robert Wogdon’s weapons—and in fact owned a Wogdon pistol (which he’s actually fired and says throws a bullet with frightening force.) Wogdon? The name didn’t trigger a spark.  So naturally, I had to do a little research . . .

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