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Catalog Number W.83.103.0705
Object Name Box, Ballot
Description Box, Ballot: wood; square with two compartments; divider has a hole where the voters place their voting balls; "IOOF" painted in black on side.
Dimensions H-5 W-5.5 L-15.5 inches
Caption Ballot Box
Provenance Box used by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows to vote on a prospective member. Black and white balls would be used to cast votes. White yes, black no-hence the term "to black ball someone" is to bar them from an organization .
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