Saturday, February 8, 2014

Analog Laptops, Again

In September 2012 I wrote about a supposed Victorian Laptop, and I surmised that they predated Victorian times. Here is an interesting page on writing boxes and their history that confirms my suspicions. From the Website:
Whereas the Tea Caddy and the Sewing Box can be said to be accurate reflections of the stylistic and cultural influences of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Writing Box epitomizes the social and economic developments of this particular period.

Portable boxes for writing materials had existed for many centuries and in many cultures. However it was not until the last decades of the 18th century that the socio-economic circumstances in England necessitated the wide use of a portable desk in the form of a box which could be used on a table or on one's lap. Hence 'Lap Desk'.
There is no reason why these implements could not still be useful today (to those who write by hand).

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