Many a scary movie or story has featured the infamous talking board. What would Halloween be without a little seance here and there?
Mysterious Planchette is a lovely online “museum” of planchettes (the small wooden pieces that rest under fingers and glide across the board) through the ages, from the rise of the talking board in the 19th Century, to some that are fairly recent.
You’ll find a a nice history page with plenty of information (I’m purposely making this post as an “appetizer” for a much more extensive online collection).
Side note: did you know “Ouija” is just a Hasbro trademark and not the name of the item itself? Still, the term has become synonymous with any kind of board used to spell out messages from the departed.
Did you have one of the iconic Hasbro boards growing up? Or perhaps a fancier artifact? Did you use it?