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Ouija Boards From The Museum of Talking Boards

Most, if not all, of us are familiar with the Ouija board. A controversial medium which is used as a tool to communicate with spirits, and can open a portal to the unseen world in order to get answers or insight into our current reality.

This method stems from “automatic writing”, and one of the first mentions of this practice stems back to China around 1100 AD (see: Song Dynasty).

According to Wikipedia: “The method was known as fuji (扶乩), “planchette writing”. The use of planchette writing as an ostensible means of contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. According to one author, similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been practiced in ancient India, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe.

The Ouija Board, as well as automatic writing, is a powerful tool – and when used correctly you can gain insight into higher wisdom from spirit and the subconscious mind, but this is not to be taken lightly. As with any deeper spiritual practice, you must first banish, and protect – and be sure that you are using this with the right intention.

If this is something that you find interesting, the gallery below features a plethora of different boards for you to browse through/find inspiration from past and present mediums.

via: Museum of Talking Boards

Crystal Gazer-A Barrel of Fun MTB-FTB-11

Crystal Gazer, 1940

 

Stargazer Tray-Alice Lee MTB-FTB-135

Star Gazer Mystical Question Board Tray-Alice Lee Manufacturing, Chicago, IL c. 1944

Ouija Queen-American Novelty MTB-FTB-119 (1)

Ouija Queen, American Novelty Company, Omaha, NE c. 1943 – c. 1945

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Left: Magic Box Ouija Board-Shamballa Redstone Editions, Redstone Press, London 1995; Right: The Cablegraph A Wander Board-George Foster Pearson, Lowell, MA c. 1919

Sphinx Oracle Board-Cowen MTB-FTB-133

Sphinx Oracle Board-Cowan Products, New York, NY

Sphinx Speaks-Lowenthal MTB-FTB-134

The Sphinx Speaks-Jerry Lowenthal & Company, Philadelphia, PA

Swami Ouija Talking Board-Gift Craft MTB-FTB-137

Swami Ouija Talking Board-Gift Craft, Chicago 11, IL c. 1944

Hindu Oracle-Winston Sales MTB-FTB-30

Hindu Oracle-Winston Sales Company, Inc., Chicago, IL c. 1960

Magi Board-Psychic Graf MTB-FTB-33 (1)

Magi Board-Psychic Graf Company, Hartford, CT 1943

I-D-O PSY-CHO-I-D-E-O-GRAPH-Theodore H. White, Los Angeles, CA 1919

I-D-O PSY-CHO-I-D-E-O-GRAPH-Theodore H. White, Los Angeles, CA 1919

The Scientific Planchette-Selchow and Righter MTB-P-2

The Scientific Planchette-Selchow and Righter, New York, NY c. 1880

ka-bala-Cast Iron Template

ka-bala-cast iron template, date unknown

Throne Board-J.E. Garside, Peoria, IL 1893

Throne Board-J.E. Garside, Peoria, IL 1893

Unknown Talking Board MTB-FTB-150

Bond-Kennard prepatent “Good Night“ board-Baltimore, MD c.1890

Ouija-Rucker MTB-FTB-98

Ouija-Russell Rucker & Company, Chicago, IL

A different theory is that the name comes from the French and German words for yes “Oui’ and “Ja”. The ownership of the Ouija brand changed hands several times over the years, and many of the earlier patent owners were keen to claim they were its inventor or originator. One of the earliest known patent holders of Ouija was Elijah Bond who later had the idea of putting swastikas on the boards (before its association with the Nazis).

Ouija-J.M. Simmons, Chicago, IL c. 1920 - c. 1945

Ouija-J.M. Simmons, Chicago, IL c. 1920 – c. 1945

Mystic Skull-Vampirahna Zenrad MTB-FTB-54

The Mystic Skull Talking Board-Vampirahna, Zenrad Manufacturing, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2005

But it was William Fuld, a US customs inspector who was leased the rights to manufacture the Ouija board, who would become known as the father of the Ouija board. He sold millions of them, marketing them as a toy to children. In 1927, he fell off the roof of his Ouija factory while supervising the replacement of a flagpole when a support post he was holding gave way. Fuld’s children took over until the 1960s when they retired and sold the business to Parker Brothers, which later became Hasbro and owns the game today.

Ouija Pink-Parker Brothers Hasbro MTB-FTB-117

Ouija-Parker Brothers, Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 2008

Talking Board (folding)-Elizabeth Klima 1998

A homemade talking board (folding)-Elizabeth Klima 1998

Weed Ja-Icup MTB-FTB-154

Weed Ja The High Spirited Talking board-Icup Inc., Croydon, PA 2010

Black Magic Talking board-Gift Craft, Chicago 11, IL c. 1944

Black Magic Talking board-Gift Craft, Chicago 11, IL c. 1944

Rajah Far East Talking Board-Gift Craft, Chicago 11, IL c. 1944

Rajah Far East Talking Board-Gift Craft, Chicago 11, IL c. 1944

Ouija-Montecarlo MTB-FTB-87

Ouija-Montecarlo, Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico

Mystery Talking Board-Lowe MTB-FTB-45

Mystery Talking board-E.S. Lowe, New York, NY c. 1940

Mystic Medium (black yellow variant)-Medalie Manufacturing, Minneapolis, MN

Mystic Medium (black yellow variant)-Medalie Manufacturing, Minneapolis, MN

Witchboard 2-Republic Pictures MTB-FTB-159

Witchboard 2 (Movie Promo)-Republic Pictures Los Angeles, CA 1993

Ouija-Morton Converse MTB-FTB-88

Ouija-Morton E. Converse & Son, Winchendon, MA c. 1920

Ouija Genii-Boland MTB-FTB-116

Ouija Genii-Boland Manufacturing, Winona, MN c. 1944

Ouija-Miro MTB-FTB-85

Ouija-Miro Company (license Parker Brothers), France c. 1966

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