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04-25-2015 01:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question rustic traditional

My wife found this in someone’s trash and we are wondering what it is/was used for?


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#1 posted 04-25-2015 02:33 AM

That is a ballot box for voting on a new member, perhaps Free Masons. The black balls, well…...

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#2 posted 04-25-2015 03:58 AM

Mrjinx, there must be a good story behind why your wife was in someone else’s trash??

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 05:03 PM

It’s amazing what people will throw away. I have no idea what it is, but it is definitely not an item of trash to be disposed of like week old food. Even if I didn’t want it, I would at least find someone who did. In this throw away society, we see so much going to waste.

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#5 posted 04-25-2015 10:12 PM

It s amazing what people will throw away.

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This morning I saw an old Delta/Rockwell contractor saw in the metal scrap bin near where I live, nothing much could go wrong with those old Deltas, I would have given it away free instead of adding to our landfill.

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#6 posted 04-25-2015 10:41 PM

It is a ballot box. If a new to be member is allowed to join, you put in a white marble. If you know something about the person that is not up to standards, than you put in a black ball. When the box is opened and there are no black balls, he is allowed to join, If there is 1 or more black balls he is not allowed to join.

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#7 posted 08-28-2015 12:56 AM

We used those to vote on members in an Elks lodge.

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 02:22 PM

Very cool. Thanks. There are a lot of Mason’s in ND where she found it. Both of us are always on the lookout for things people discard. Here is an example, two light bulb covers:


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#9 posted 08-29-2015 12:44 PM

I am a “Dumpster Diver myself”
Interesting !
I guess that is how the expression “Being black balled” came about.

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