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Copp Clark Company
Design on wood 1892
Elijah J. Bond assigned his Ouija board rights to Kennard Novelty Company for US distribution and to International Novelty Company for Canadian sales. On June 15, 1892, International Novelty signed a contract with Copp Clark Canada to make Ouija boards for a license fee of twenty-five cents each. It is unknown how long this agreement lasted. Copp Clark continued to make the boards for decades. Compare the Ouija logo on this board with the Kennard design at Gallery Page One.
Swastika Novelty Company
Design on wood 1907
Perhaps Bond figured that he had missed the boat by losing out so quickly. In any event, he produced the Nirvana from the Swastika Novelty Company in West Virginia for a short time. It is one of the rarest of all boards. Known as Bond's "other Ouija board," collectors thought it to be extinct until recently.
Lee Industries
Design on cardboard 1940s
This is Lee Industries' version of the Craftsman Sales Ouija on Gallery Page Seven. Lee made several of these boards under different names and companies. Apparently there was no conflict using William Fuld's Ouija Trademark. Or if there was, the Fuld's legal representation was wanting. There were Ouijas everywhere during this time.
Cowan Products
Design on hardboard
Sphinxes, pyramids, and signs of the zodiac adorn this oddball, squarish talking board from Cowan, NY. The Sphinx shows up on eBay several times a year. How rare is that? Well, there aren't any in your town and maybe not in your state. Does that make it rare?
Sota Toys
Design on cold cast resin 2006
Dubbed the "Charmed cowpie" by those frustrated with production delays and by the look of the final product, the Charmed Spirit Board sold out almost immediately. This may have had more to do with worldwide distribution than with the fans of the TV show. Sota called the board an "exact replica" which was not quite accurate. See for yourself at our Spirit Board page. Despite the problems, this was a fine acquisition for any collector, fan of Charmed, or not.
Wilder Manufacturing Company
Design on wood 1920s
Is that the MITCHE MANITOU with a different name? Why yes, I believe it is. We don't know which came first, the Mitche Manitou or the Mystic Ouija Board. Some have suggested that the William Fuld Company may have intervened. That may very well have happened. We've heard that they were more litigious in the 1920s.
Zodiac Manufacturing Company
Design on hardboard 1940's
This Zodiac looks like the Mysterious Planchette on Gallery Page Two. They even have the same address: Wells building, Chicago. Let's see: the Zodiac Manufacturing Company made the Zodiac and the Planchette Company made the Mysterious Planchette. I think I'm beginning to see how these things worked. How about you?
Jerry Lowenthal and Co.
Design on hardboard
The Sphinx Speaks is an intense white on black Egyptian themed talking board that looks much better full-size. We looked for years, missed several on eBay, and then found one at a swap meet. Goes to show you: when the Sphinx Speaks, the Sphinx Speaks at the swap meet. Or, something like that. We're guessing that this is a 40s board. There was no date on the box.
Lee Industries
Design on paper-cardboard 1940's
As far as color intensity, this outshines the Hindu Oracle below. In fact, it's a little hard to look at without causing eyestrain. Maybe it works better with just one candle. The planchette resembles Aladdin's lamp and the directions implore you to "point the spout at the letters." That's good advice.
Winston Sales
Design on paper-hardboard 1960's
Not satisfied to be simply a talking board, the Hindu Oracle came with an astrology book, the Gypsy Witch Fortune Teller, and twenty-five extra sensory perception cards. Now that's bargain for your buck. Complete instructions on the back of the box explained everything in detail so that you could decide if it was right for you.
Corr Dis Inc
Design on paper-cardboard 1971
Goofy is the only word we have to describe this bright blue talking board. "Will not tell fortunes," proclaims the box in case you might be misled. Actually, the box is more interesting than the board with its images of good and evil spirits—all from the seventies. The board has a sponge rubber backing so that it will stay firmly rooted to your lap. If the board falls to the floor, an evil spirit may get loose, don't you know.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp
Design on paper-cardboard 2005
Fox pulled the TV soap drama Point Pleasant after only three months and it's no wonder. The Devil's daughter washes up on the shore of Point Pleasant, New Jersey and causes havoc with the townsfolk. How real or entertaining is that? Not very, according to the low ratings. One good thing was this promo talking board. That's the Devil's daughter staring skyward if you were wondering.

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