“Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,” had booming sales in a Pittsburgh toy shop in the late 1800’s and never stopped gaining notoriety. The Ouija board was described as magical, promising answers to questions about the past, present and future, never-failing amusement and promising a link between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial. And perhaps the most truthful description was that it was interesting and mysterious. Which even then it was hard to see actual truth in advertising, as it is today, however the advertising of this toy was truthful, it was amusing, it was interesting and very mysterious, and it remains so today.
The Wonderful Talking Board came out of the 19th Century obsession with spiritualism in the United States of America, believing that we could communicate with the dead. Back then it wasn’t seen as strange or dangerous to try, and sometimes succeed, with communing with the dead, now it’s a different story. We fear the unknown, yet we’re still curious. We fear the danger associated with it, yet we love the rush. We fear unanswered questions, yet we don’t give it a chance to answer them.
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