Elijah Bond filed the original patent for the Ouija Board on May 28th, 1890. To celebrate the 125-year anniversary, I decided to start collecting them.
The memorial gravestone of Ouija Board inventor Elijah Bond was erected in 2008 by the Talking Board Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland’s Green Mount Cemetery.
Ouija board gravestone of Elijah Bond in Baltimore, Maryland
It took 15 years, but eventually Ouija board historian and Talking Board Historical Society founder Robert Murch managed to track down the unmarked grave of Elijah Bond, inventor of the infamous board game that has spawned more nightmares than any other toy.
Bond was a lawyer and inventor. He filed the patent for what would become known as the Ouija Board on May 28th, 1890. The first talking board was produced by his friends at the Kennard Novelty Company.
Murch found the grave in Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery in 2007. With permission from the cemetery and the blessings of Bond’s descendants, he raised donations from Ouija enthusiasts to get a memorial gravestone erected a year later. The new stone features the iconic Ouija design from the original patent.
More info here: Elijah Bond Memorial Gravestone
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Talking Board Historical Society logo by Calvin Von Crush
The Talking Board Historical Society, formed by Ouija historians Robert Murch and Brandon Hodge, launched it’s new Facebook page this week. They are already posting fascinating content, such as a spotlight on Rick “Ormortis” Schreck, who attempted to make his New Jersey home haunted by filling it with talking boards.
Though the group has just become official, they have been acting to preserve Ouija history since 2008. They erected a Ouija gravestone at the unmarked grave of original patentee Elijah Bond in Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery. They also successfully petitioned the city to recognize William Fuld’s factory on Hartford Ave, which Fuld claimed the Ouija board told him to build in 1919, as a historical landmark.
The Talking Board Historical Society is raising it’s profile in advance of OuijaCon, happening in Baltimore on April 23-25, 2015.
Follow the group on Facebook right here.
How did a harmless board game manage to conjure such a fearful reputation?