In 1890, Kennard Novelty Company introduced Elijah J. Bond's talking board to the world. With the peculiar name "Ouija," it quickly captured the imagination of Americans everywhere. The Ouija was advertised far and wide as having wondrous powers and this caused quite a commotion in the scientific community who universally rejected the whole idea as preposterous. Retailers however, were quite clear in their promise. This is what the Ralph E. Sylvestre & Company catalog for spiritualists and mediums had to say about it:
Well. How would you
like to have your destiny prefigured? Or your
curtain lifted? If you are using a late browser and
to contact the spirit world using the Kennard Ouija
left click with your mouse and drag the planchette
around the board to see what transpires.
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