Frey's handmade Talking Board. Wood burned, cherrywood stained pine wood.
Board is 15X22 inches, 3/4 inch thick. Planchette is 5 inches long, 1 1/2 inch glass oculus.
Spiritualism, the belief that the dead are able to communicate with the living, was in vogue during the 19th century. People were searching for a better method of communicating with spirits, thus talking boards were created.
One of the first methods of automatic writing method used in the Ouija board was found in China aroung the Song Dynasty (1100 AD)
The method was known as fuji, "planchette writing."