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Planchette or Ouija board, 1885


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Planchette or Ouija board, 1885

Planchette or Ouija board, c1880. Method of using the Planchette for spirit writing during a seance. From The Practical Dictionary of Mechanics, edited by Edward H Knight. (New York and London, c1880). (Colorised black and white print)

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Colorised Colourised Communication Hand Occult Spirit Supernatural Seance Wood Engraving


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This colorized print from 1885 depicts a Planchette or Ouija board, showcasing the intriguing method of spirit writing during a séance. The image is taken from "The Practical Dictionary of Mechanics, " edited by Edward H Knight in New York and London around the same period. In this enchanting scene, we see a group of individuals gathered around a table, their hands delicately placed on the wooden Planchette. Their focused expressions reveal their deep concentration as they attempt to communicate with spirits beyond our realm. The vibrant colors breathe life into this nineteenth-century snapshot, adding an ethereal quality to the supernatural concept it represents. The intricate wood engraving beautifully captures every detail of the Planchette's design - its smooth surface and delicate legs that glide effortlessly across the board. This tool acts as a conduit between our world and that of spirits, allowing for messages to be written directly onto paper through mysterious forces. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing print, we are transported back in time to an era when seances were popular gatherings where people sought connection with departed loved ones or sought guidance from otherworldly entities. It serves as a reminder of humanity's enduring fascination with the unknown and our eternal quest for answers beyond what can be explained by science alone. This remarkable piece offers us not only a glimpse into spiritual practices of yesteryears but also invites contemplation about the mysteries that lie just beyond our grasp – waiting patiently for those brave enough to explore them further.

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