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The Gun That Built Hartford

The Gun That Built Hartford
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by in Sep 2006

“The good people of this world are very far from being satisfied with each other, and my arms are the best peacemakers,” wrote Samuel Colt in 1852. Not exactly a Gandhi-esque philosophy, but it shouldn’t prevent you from taking a look at “Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention” (Yale University Press, $65). The book was produced in conjunction with Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. More than just a catalog of Colt-designed weapons, the book provides a rare glimpse into the life of one of the world’s most inventive and enterprising men of the 19th century. To celebrate the book, a special exhibition will open at the museum on September 20. wadsworthatheneum.org

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