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Steven L. Akins
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William Fuld - the Jew who made a fortune off of the Ouija Board
William Fuld, a man whose name is best known from his involvement in the production and marketing of the Ouija Board was the son of a Jewish German immigrant named Jacob Fuld and his wife Mary Abell. William Fuld was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 24, 1870. His father, an immigrant from Büdingen, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany arrived in the United States on September 7th, 1854 together with with his parents and siblings. William Fuld's mother Mary Abell, a gentile, was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania.
He attended public school and later the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts / Schools of Art and Design. At the age of 17 he began his career as a painter/varnisher in 1887. This line of work led him to securing a position with the Kennard Novelty Company, which began operation in 1890the same year that Elijah Bond filed the first patent for a talking board. This patent was assigned to William H. A. Maupin and Charles W. Kennard, based upon a concept for a new type of oracle that had recently become popular with mediums and spiritualists, first described in a newspaper article published on March 28, 1886, in the Sunday supplement of the New York Tribune.
In 1891 Charles Kennard left the company after fourteen months to found the Northwestern Toy Company in Chicago, Illinois, and by 1892 Fuld had taken over as supervisor and the company changed its name to The Ouija Novelty Company and moved to a new location in partnership with his older brother Isaac. William Fuld filed for his first talking board patent in the same year. Under the direction of Fuld, the company increased production of Ouija boards to meet the growing demand and thwarted many of Kennard's attempts to manufacture other talking boards. By 1901, the brothers' partnership had ended in a bitter feud. William Fuld changed the name of his company to the William Fuld Manufacturing Company. Going against an injunction, Isaac continued to manufacture talking boards under the name "Oriole" that were exact replicas of the boards that he and his brother had made. William sued his brother in a case that remained open until 1919.
William Fuld’s first talking board trademark, "Oracle", was filed in 1902. A ruthless businessman, Fuld sued other companies who manufactured similar types of talking boards claiming that they infringed on his trademarks or patents. In order to combat the growing competition for other talking board manufacturers, Fuld knew that if he himself made a cheaper version of his own product he would get more business. In 1919, he introduced the "Mystifying Oracle", an exact replica of his Ouija board that sold for less money. He also launched a line of trademarked Ouija jewelry and Ouija Oil for rheumatism. Fuld also trademarked the names "Egyptian Luck board", "Hindu Luck board" and "WE-JA" as well as a trademark detailing the way the word "Ouija" would be displayed.
By 1918 Fuld expanded his production facilities for the manufacturing of Ouija Boards by opening a new three-story 36,000 square foot factory. A year later he became the sole owner of the Ouija Board when the last of the company's original founders transferred all rights to Fuld on April 24, 1919. In 1920 Fuld boasted that the Ouija board had made him more than $1 million in profit. The Fuld name became synonymous with the Ouija board, as Fuld rewrote its history, claiming that he himself had invented it. On February 24, 1927, while supervising the installation of a new flagpole on top of his factory, Fuld fell when the rail he was leaning against gave way, sending him tumbling to the ground below. He died while being transported to the hospital when a broken rib pierced his heart. In 1966, Fuld's estate sold the entire business to Parker Brothers, which was in turn sold to Hasbro (another Jewish-owned company) in 1991.
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