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Copp Clark Company Limited
9 Front Street, 64-66 Front Street,
67-69 Colborne Street

These first Canadian Ouija boards were the result of an agreement between the International Novelty Company in Baltimore and the Copp Clark Company Limited in Toronto. On June 15, 1892 the International Novelty Company entered into a two year agreement with Copp Clark Company Limited to lease the rights to Elijah Bond's Canadian patent #36,902 to manufacturer the Ouija board in Canada. The agreement stayed in force and royalties were paid to the International Novelty Company until April 19, 1904 when a fire in Toronto burned Copp Clark's inventory of Ouija boards as well as their entire warehouse. They later realized that the Canadian patent was only valid for ten years and expired on March 10, 1901. When Copp Clark started re-manufacturing Ouija boards in 1908 they no longer paid a royalty to the International Novelty Company. Though Bond's patent was filed on March 10, 1891 the bottom of this board misleadingly reads “May 10, 1891.” We aren't sure why this is or if was just an oversight/misprint. The stylish scroll work around the word Ouija makes this board one of our Canadian favorites! Manufactured 1892 — 1904.

 

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Copp Clark Company Limited
495-517 Wellington West, Toronto

This board's red, white, and blue box certainly stands out. Set at night a Swami emerges from the script lettering in the word Ouija and rests his hands on a planchette. Moons, stars, and planets dot the sky reminiscent of the hit T. V. show Bewitched. “THE MYSTICAL TALKING BOARD” is written above and the box proudly boasts “FORETELLS THE FUTURE. RECALLS THE PAST. REVEALS THE PRESENT. ANSWERS QUESTIONS. OUIJA BOARD is written in white on all four sides of the box lid. An instruction sheet can be found inside with French on one side and English on the other. The board is made of cardboard color fiberboard that's smooth on one side and rough on the other. Its corners are rounded and the printing on the board is black. The planchette is unfinished wood and comes with three little legs that once inserted make the planchette too tall to fit in the box. Manufactured circa 1950s.

 

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Copp Clark Company Limited
495-517 Wellington West, Toronto

“Ouija THE MYSTICAL TALKING BOARD — FORETELLS THE FUTURE, RECALLS THE PAST, REVEALS THE PRESENT, ANSWERS QUESTIONS” are the first words you are greeted with when you pick up this Ouija's box. Other than Ouija printed on all four sides of the box cover the only other thing written on them is a company seal reading "A COPP CLARK GAME” and the code “F 152.' On the cover under a midnight blue starry sky hovers the ghostly green outline of a Swami peering over his crystal ball. The directions are in English and French and are printed on the inside of the box cover avoiding the ever present danger of losing your inserts. Inside rests the Ouija board and planchette. The board is light colored and made of smooth fiberboard with blue/black printing on it and has rounded corners. The back of the board is rough. The planchette is a beige to flesh colored plastic piece in the shape of a heart with the raised word Ouija on it. Manufactured circa 1960s.

 

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Canada Games Company Limited
61 Wildcat Road, Downsview, Ontario

When Canada Games Company Limited took over manufacturing the Ouija board from Copp Clark Company Limited in 1984, the Ouija box got a major makeover and its influence is still seen on current Canadian Ouija boxes. Gone is Copp Clark's beloved Swami which was replaced by four hands emerging from a pile of black silk sheets resting on what appears to be a blue planchette. In the bottom right hand corner is a small picture of the board with the planchette on it. OUIJA appears in large white letters and what really stands out is that everything written on the box is in both English and French. Two of the box's sides help us date this board because it lists the company's address of 61 Wildcat Road and their Ouija board is listed as item #60270. The printing on the board is white and appears in both languages YES/OUI, NO/NON, GOOD BYE/AU REVOIR. The board is fiberboard that is smooth on both sides with rounded corners. The planchette is black with the raised silver letters reading Ouija on it. A directions insert is included for those unfamiliar with the Ouija board, one side in English and the other in French. Manufactured circa 1982 — 1991.

 

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Canada Games Company Limited
75 West Drive Bramalea, Ontario

Looking much as it had for the last hundred years, Canada Games Company Limited did something no other Canadian Ouija board manufacturer had done before, they redesigned the board's face. The plain printing on the fiberboard has been replaced by a shooting, starry night, or space scene. In the upper middle of the board is a woman's face with Ouija written over her nose. As her hands rests on either side of her mouth a bright light emanates from within. Is she whispering her answers? The full moon on the upper right is now an eclipsed Sun, and the two stars previously on the lower bottom corners have vanished. The letters, numbers, and words are now all in bright red. It's corners are rounded. The black plastic planchette remains heart shaped, and Ouija in script is embossed on it. A one sided instruction sheet is included written in English on the top and French on the bottom. On the directions and the box side lists the company's address as 75 West Drive, Bramalea, Ontario. The box top changes The Ouija's font and the writing from yellow to red. The small picture on the bottom right now depicts the new board design. However, the planchette shown has the words Ouija in silver on it unlike the planchette inside. Item #60270. Manufactured circa 1991 — 1993.

 

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Irwin Toys Limited
43 Hanna Street, Toronto, Ontario

When Irwin Toys Limited acquired the rights to manufacture Canada Games' Ouija board in December of 2002 they didn't change much to the board itself, but seemed to focus on the box and packaging. Before the Ouija boxes had a lid and bottom but Irwin Toys found a way to make them less expensive. Rather than opening the box up to get out your Ouija board they created an envelope-box where the board and planchette would slide out from one of two ends. To open it for the first time you would pull and tear along the ridges provided much like opening a UPS envelope. With a single top eliminated both flat sides could be the top with French printed on one side and English on the other. They added their name to the box and even offered an 800 number to call with questions and concerns along with the old product code of #60270. This board retains the black starry night, mysterious woman faced, red lettering design on light colored fiberboard though the corners are square. The planchette is the classic black plastic heart with the word Ouija written on it. Manufactured circa 1997 — 2002.

 

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Papa's Toys
430 Signet Drive in North York, Ontario

Papa's Toys Company Limited acquired the rights to make Irwin Toy's Limited's Ouija board in 2002 when Irwin Toys filed for bankruptcy. The company was headed by Harvey Albert, who was also the president of former Ouija manufacturer Canada Games Company Limited. Since Papa's Toys started manufacturing the Canadian Ouija not much has changed. With a winning design, they didn't feel the need to fix something if it wasn't broken. The envelope box has even remained allowing users to slide out their Ouija board which is on rectangular fiberboard with squared corners. The black starry night, mysterious woman faced, red lettering design is present and everything is in French and English including the instruction sheet. The black planchette lives on, and comes with three little felt feet to stick on before its first use. The box's graphics depict the now common four hands on a planchette with lettering in red. Papa's Toys is now headed by Harvey Albert's son Michael Albert. Manufactured circa 2002 — Present.

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