Letters, Dec. 30, 1940

Fishbowl v. Pickle Jar


Can it be that the historic jar rushed from Philadelphia's Independence Hall to Washington with so much ceremony for the draft lottery was not the one used in 1917? In History of the World War by Frank H. Simonds, Vol. IV, p. 41, there is a photograph entitled "Drawing the First Number" purporting to show Secretary of War Baker pulling out the first of 10,500 capsules. However, the jar is definitely not the one illustrated in TIME, Nov. 11. Mr. Baker's 1917 jar is shaped like a fishbowl and...

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