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03-07-2001, 09:37 PM
I need to find out the history and, if possible, the inventor of the wallet.
03-08-2001, 06:17 AM
The etymology might help you out. BTW, Welcome to the SDMB!
About 1385-95 walet = bag, knapsack, in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; of uncertain origin. The word's form and original pronunciation (walet') suggest an Anglo-French or Old French source. The meaningf a flat case for carrying paper money is first recorded in 1834 in American English.
I'd check out Americana for that period.
03-08-2001, 07:56 AM
Thanks for the information Ice Wolf....I was running into a deadend trying to find any good information...this gives me a starting point.
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