Charles Kennard
The Original Ouija
February 10th, 1891 marked a great day in history.  The first Ouija board
was patented by Charles Kennard.  It is pretty much unknown who actually
invented the Ouija board...but if I had to place my guess on it, it would be
Elijah Bond.  This is because his name is listed on the original patent
documents under the title of 'Inventor".  If Ouija boards were invented by
someone else, such as Charles Kennard or William Fuld, why would they
allow Elijah Bond to put his name on there like that?  Still...the answer lies
unknown.  This was the first Ouija board ever made...it's also one of the only
Ouija boards to be made out of actual wood (instead of veneered plywood).  
It's made of several horizontal boards joined together.  There are two
vertical boards on the back to help keep the board sturdy.  They've done a
wonderful job.  This board is in amazing shape considering the 110+ years
it's been on this planet.  If only I could find a planchette for it.
It's a little hard to see, but the patent date is stamped in the back.  It's in the
center running vertically...Febuary 10th, 1891.  This board was made by the
Kennard Novelty Company...before William Fuld took over and started
making boards of his own.
THE ORIGINAL OUIJA - 1891 Charles Kennard
WILLIAM FULD/PARKER BROTHERS - Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
HASKELITE/HASKO - Page 1   J.M. SIMMONS - Page 1
OTHER MANUFACTURERS - Page 1 Page 2
HAND-MADE BOARDS - Page 1 Page 2
BOXES - Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
PLANCHETTES - Page 1
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