The Ouija Board

Ouija was a craze in the US from 1890 until the late 1920’s, and newspapers reported on it’s use as a means to communicate with the dead, predict catastrophes, and solve mysteries.

Its popularity grew tremendously with newspaper stories about Pearl Curran, a St. Louis housewife who held Ouija talks with the ghost of a 17th-century New England literary figure named Patience Worth. Mrs. Curran went on to publish Patience’s short stories, which were met with much critical acclaim.

Read more about it in the Ouija Board topic guide.

Ouija Board Topic Guide
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/ouija.html

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