Md. Historical Society Photographs

Starting in circa 1850, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) photographic collection contains well over one million items including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, albumen prints, salted paper prints, acetate negatives, and more. Photographs are part of MdHS's Special Collections Department, H. Furlong Baldwin Library.

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Curated by Jennifer A. Ferretti (former Curator of Photographs, MdHS). I am not an MdHS employee and in no way represent the institution. All views are my own.

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Mystifying Oracle, talking board by William Fuld Manufactured in Baltimore, MarylandNot datedHughes CompanyHughes Collection, ca. 1910-1946Maryland Historical SocietyPP8 54254 
Baltimore native William Fuld (1870-1927), creator of the Ouija board, attended the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts (now Maryland Institute College of Art or MICA). 
William and his brother Isaac founded Isaac Fuld & Brother in 1897 and signed an agreement with the Ouija Novelty Company for a term of three years. In 1901 the agreement was not extended and William signed an agreement exclusively with Ouija Novelty Company.
Following the split from his brother Isaac in 1902, William patented the word “oracle”. The Mystifying Oracle was offered as a cheaper alternative to the Ouija board.

Mystifying Oracle, talking board by William Fuld 
Manufactured in Baltimore, Maryland
Not dated
Hughes Company
Hughes Collection, ca. 1910-1946
Maryland Historical Society
PP8 54254 

Baltimore native William Fuld (1870-1927), creator of the Ouija board, attended the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts (now Maryland Institute College of Art or MICA). 

William and his brother Isaac founded Isaac Fuld & Brother in 1897 and signed an agreement with the Ouija Novelty Company for a term of three years. In 1901 the agreement was not extended and William signed an agreement exclusively with Ouija Novelty Company.

Following the split from his brother Isaac in 1902, William patented the word “oracle”. The Mystifying Oracle was offered as a cheaper alternative to the Ouija board.

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