Slate with Stylus, in Wooden Frame

Slate with Stylus, 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. A slate pen on a ribbon is with the object although presently not attached to the frame.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
slate
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
slate (writing surface material)
fabric (ribbon material)
Measurements
overall: 1 cm x 19.3 cm x 14.5 cm; 13/32 in x 7 19/32 in x 5 23/32 in
ID Number
MA.335278
catalog number
335278
accession number
314637
Credit Line
Gift of Edith R. Meggers
subject
Education
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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