Slate with Stylus, in Wooden Frame

Slate with Stylus, in Wooden Frame

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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
slate (writing surface material)
fabric (ribbon material)
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
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Edith R. Meggers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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