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Tally stick

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4 eighteenth century tally sticks

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TALLEY STICK SYSTEM «QC'z/AR»

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Talley of 300 - "Stick Talk" Remix (Official Music Video)

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7. Tally Stick

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Tally Sticks

A tally stick was an ancient memory aid device used to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages. Tally sticks first appear as animal bones carved with notches during the Upper Paleolithic; a notable example is the Ishango Bone. Historical reference is made by Pliny the Elder about the best wood to use for tallies, and by Marco Polo (1254–1324) who mentions the use of the tally in China. Tallies have been used for numerous purposes such as messaging and scheduling, and especially in financial and legal transactions, to the point of being currency.
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