Slate in Wooden Frame

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Description
From colonial times, American children learned mathematics by writing and solving problems on slates.This one was given to the Smithsonian in 1975. Slates generally fell out of favor in American schools in the early twentieth century, which accounts for the very rough date assigned to the object.
The central piece of slate has a wooden frame. The initials H R B are incised along one long edge of the frame. The initials W B and R B are incised on the other side of the frame.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
slate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .7 cm x 27.4 cm x 19.4 cm; 9/32 in x 10 25/32 in x 7 5/8 in
ID Number
MA.335279
catalog number
335279
accession number
314637
Credit Line
Gift of Edith R. Meggers
subject
Mathematics
Education
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Exhibition
Exhibit
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History