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Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1936 Johnson Smith & Co. advertisement.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1936 Johnson Smith & Co. advertisement.

The Ouija Board has a long and unusually sordid history for a board game. It was first brought to the commercial market by a business man by the name of Elijah Bond in 1890 as nothing more than a parlor game. The “wonderful talking board” promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes.” It became hopelessly entangled in the occult years later when Spiritualists adopted it as a tool for divining. William Fuld took over production of the game in 1901 and named it Ouija.

The Ouija Board has a long and unusually sordid history for a board game. It was first brought to the commercial market by a business man by the name of Elijah Bond in 1890 as nothing more than a parlor game. The “wonderful talking board” promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes.” It became hopelessly entangled in the occult years later when Spiritualists adopted it as a tool for divining. William Fuld took over production of the game in 1901 and named it Ouija.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 "Ouija Mine" sheet music.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 "Ouija Mine" sheet music.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 Ouija ad.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 Ouija ad.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920s Wilder Mystic Ouija board.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920s Wilder Mystic Ouija board.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society Marines play Ouija in 1921.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society Marines play Ouija in 1921.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 Spookie Wookie Ouija Board Girl" sheet music.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 Spookie Wookie Ouija Board Girl" sheet music.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 Ouija song.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920 Ouija song.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920s Ruth Welch Silver Ouija postcard.

Handout/From the collection of the Talking Board Historical Society 1920s Ruth Welch Silver Ouija postcard.

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