In February, 1891, the first few advertisements started appearing in papers: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,” boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy” and promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,” a link “between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Another advertisement in a New York newspaper declared it “interesting and mysterious” and testified, “as sProven at Patent Office before it was allowed. Price, $1.50.”


This was a great read, something I had never considered. I love when they go to the patent office and the patent officer makes them test the product by guessing his name. Awesome stuff, great marketing! Cool history, thanks for posting.

posted by Zeus: 1904 days ago