The date was September 22nd. It was a breezy Saturday morning and knowing that the flea market season would soon come to an end here in Philadelphia, I decided to take a look around a few local spots.
I didn't find much, just a few records. When I was about to leave my second flea market, I spotted a sign. Across the street, tucked away just behind a sharp turn of a small residential street, was a homemade cardboard sign marked "Yard Sale." I decided to check it out before grabbing a cup of coffee.
There was a small assortment of inexpensive dolls, scuffed and worn handbags and Christmas crafting supplies. Then, I saw it. Seemingly out of place, I found this William Fuld Talking Board.
While the Ouija board in its earliest form was born in 1890, this particular incarnation of the Mystifying Oracle was sold to Parker Brothers in 1966.
I love the solid masonite board...
...and the cream color of the plastic message indicator...
...and the graphics with the detailed instructions on the back of the box.
Did you know that the Ouija rules state a preference to the two persons using the board being "a gentleman and a lady?"
According to the instructions, "it draws two people using it into close companionship and weaves about them a feeling of mysterious isolation..."
And in keeping with the mysterious, above all else I love this flea market find because...
September 22nd, if you recall, was the start of the autumnal equinox. Yes, I bought a vintage Ouija board.... secondhand... from some random yard sale...on the autumnal equinox---the celestial equilibrium between day and night.
OOOOHHHH creepy. Of course, you know my theories on secondhand scares and personal the imprint of the former owners. And with me bringing a secondhand Ouija board into the house, I feel like I'm just sending an open invitation to any ghost who just happens to be hanging 'round the neighborhood. Well, it is October after all.
Incidentally, this is how Regan's problems started. Just saying...
William Fuld Talking Board Ouija, 1966: $2
Ghost: Free with purchase