Wooden Ballot Box with Clay Marbles, 1883

Wooden Ballot Box with Clay Marbles, 1883

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Description
The term “ballot” is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning “little ball.” This ballot box was not used in a U.S. election. It was used by members of a Washington, D.C., social club.
Object Name
Ballot Box
Date made
19th Century
ca. 1833
Physical Description
clay (overall marbles material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 4 3/4 in x 9 in; 12.7 cm x 12.065 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
PL.277275.19
catalog number
277275.19
accession number
277275
Credit Line
Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia
subject
Political Campaigns
Voting
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I have this box, almost identical to the one pictured. It belonged to my dad, and before him his dad. (My Nono) I feel very appreciative to have this in my procession. I had no idea it was in the museum. Thank you for the information listed.
Hi, Smithsonian folks... We were very pleased to learn that the wooden ballot box is currently on exhibit at the National Museum of American History's "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith" exhibit. I wanted to let everyone know that the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia who donated the wooden ballot box to the Smithsonian back in, I believe, 1968 is still alive and well after 153 years and still conducts monthly luncheon meetings and supports select preservation activities. Thank for continuing to highlight items that the AOI of DC has donated over the years.

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