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Tally may refer to:



Last name

First name

  • Tally Brown; a singer and actress
  • Tally Hall (soccer); Talmon Henry "Tally" Hall, an American soccer player
  • Tally Holmes; an African American tennis player in the 1910s and 1920s
  • Tally Stevens; Floyd C. "Tally" Stevens, the head coach for Brigham Young University Cougars football team from 1959-1960
  • Tally Youngblood; a fictional character in the Uglies series, written by Scott Westerfeld
  • Tally Man; two fictional characters in the DC Universe
  • Tallys; Tallys Machado de Oliveira, a Brazilian attacking midfielder

Companies and brands

  • Tally (company); a defunct printer company
  • Tally Academy; a franchisee network of Tally Solutions which provides training on Tally Accounting Software and Tally Technologies
  • Tally Solutions; a Bangalore-based financial accounting software company
  • Tally Weijl; a chain clothing retailer in Europe
  • Tally-Ho; an Australian brand of cigarette rolling paper
  • TallyGenicom; a defunct printer company



  • Banana Boat Song; a song featuring a lyrical reference to the "Tally Man"
  • Tally counter; a mechanical device used to maintain a linear count.
  • Tally (cap); a ribbon on a sailor's cap
  • Tally (voting); an unofficial private observation of an election count carried out under Proportional Representation using the Single Transferable Vote
  • Tally Hall (band); an American rock band formed in December 2002 based in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tally Ho!; an album by Luke Vibert under the alias Wagon Christ
  • Tally light; a small signal-lamp on a television camera or monitor
  • Tally stick; an ancient memory aid device to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages
  • Tally's War; an incident in 1863 in Iowa, in which pro-war individuals opened fire on a peace demonstration
  • Tally-ho; a phrase used in hunting
  • Tallygaroopna Football Club; an Australian rules football club

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

TALLY, an old device, now obsolete, formerly used 'in the English exchequer for the purpose of keeping accounts. The tally was a willow or hazel stick about one inch in depth and thickness, and roughly shaped like a thick knife-blade (see Fig. 1). Notches (see Fig. 2) were cut on it showing the amount stoves which warmed the houses of parliament. On the i.6th of October 1834 the houses of parliament were burnt down by the overheating of the stoves through using too many of the tallies. The so-called tally-trade was an old system of dealing carried on in London and in the manufacturing districts of England, by which shopkeepers furnished certain articles on credit to their customers, the latter paying the stipulated price for them by weekly or monthly instalments (see M` Culloch, Dictionary of Commerce) - the precursor, in fact, of the modern instalment system.

See S. R. Scargill-Bird, Guide to the Public Records (Calendar of State Papers); H. Hall, Curiosities and Antiquities of the Exchequer. FIG. I.-A tally (4 scale) (not the same as that shown in Fig. 2).

paid, a gauged width of 12 inches representing 1000, 1 inch boo, g inch rio, half a notch of this size representing £1; 1 3 - 6 - inch is., and the smallest notch id.; half-pennies were represented by small holes. The account of the transaction was written on the two opposite sides, the piece of wood being then split down the middle through the notches; one half, called the tally, being given as a form of receipt to the person making the payment, while the other half, called the counter-tally, was kept in the exchequer. Payments made into the exchequer were entered into an account-book, from which they were trans

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