Elijah Bond’s Ouija Board Tombstone

For some reason, I always thought ouija boards came around before 1890 (when they were first marketed publicly). It seems I’ve been remiss in my spooky geek research. When Elijah Bond introduced the board commercially, it was simply a parlor game. Then around World War I, Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized it as a tool of divination.

Elijah Bond’s grave is perfect.

For the better part of a century, his grave was unmarked.

It wasn’t until 2007 that Robert Murch, a noted paranormal enthusiast and Ouija Board collector and historian, set out to find the grave, and Elijah Bond finally got the respect he deserved for his invention. Murch claims it took him fifteen years to locate the precise grave in the Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland – and several of those spent working closely with the cemetery owners themselves to accurately identify the grave.

Has anyone envisioned clever tombstones or urns for themselves? Maybe I’m the only one who thinks of these things…



13 Responses to “Elijah Bond’s Ouija Board Tombstone”

  1. I really like the idea of growing a tree from my ashes one day… I think it’s a wonderful concept. Honestly though Dana, I can’t remember if it was your blog or someone else’s that I had come across the idea.

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  3. “…much less awful…”

    I’m still going with that one… πŸ˜‰

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Haha…I made a similar one for myself too…but I can’t seem to find it in my image collection at the moment.

  4. Lindsay Larkin Says:

    I wish so badly that when I was “designing” headstone for my family’s mortuary that someone had been remotely creative. It was all clip art. “I want this rose, this cross, this font, and can you center it?” I suppose i’ll just have my ashes spread over my plot because- of course- I already own a plot. I wish I had something more creative up my sleeve.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Uou’re a creative person and you’ve got about 70 years to design something. Of course, I’d be happy to brainstorm. A lovely girl like you deserves a beautiful memorial. πŸ™‚

      • Lindsay Larkin Says:

        Maybe just an image of Godzilla mourning me. I think that might be the ticket.

  5. Green Mount Cemetery has some real gems in it!One of the reasons I love living in Baltimore; the history. If anyone ever has the chance to visit Hope Cemetery in Barre, VT, I highly suggest it as well. It’s the granite capital of the world and has the most ornate tombstones. And many of them for people who aren’t even dead yet!

  6. Not crazy about taking up space so I chose:
    Figure being part of a reef is at least useful. They let you add in pet cremains too. :0 )

  7. If Mr. Gorey wasn’t cremated, I would have copied his stone 😦

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