Michele, Helen, Pamela,
Thanks for those examples of sloped writing surfaces from the modern
world. I've never had a lap-desk, but I am old enough to remember --
now that you've nudged my memory -- both the slope-topped desks in
elementary school and doing mechanical drawing in high school on a
large surface that was even more inclined. Regarding the latter, it
seems to me that the whole forearm from elbow to fingertips was on the
same plane, so the wrist did not take any special strain.
> Those little fancy travelling lap-desk boxes often had a sloped top
> as well.
>> ... Am I the only one old enough to remember our wooden school
>> desks built with a sloping top like that!?!
>>> I understand that draftsmen and architectural drawing people
>>> still (or at least did until computers took
>>> over) use such slanted work surfaces - the tech drawing room at my
>>> high school (into which only boys
>>> were allowed!) had high sloping desks.