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The Gun That Built Hartford

by in Sep 2006
The Gun That Built Hartford
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“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.

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