The History of the Ouija Board

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In his latest weekly podcast on design, Roman Mars tackles the spooky, eccentric history of the much loved, and often feared, Ouija Board. And while the game itself isn’t as old as some may think, the iconography does date back to the 1800s and three sisters claiming to be mediums by way of talking boards. After the Civil War, many folks sought out their dead loved ones—through communication with the afterlife. This spurned a large-scale production of the boards, which would go on to become staples in pop culture and Halloween parties.