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 "You're Better? Sure 'nuff, It's In the Cards", A Get Well Card. Greetings Inc...1945
"You're Better? Sure 'nuff, It's In the Cards", A Get Well Card. Greetings Inc...1945
Price: $30.00

A single fold Get Well Card with a fortune teller twist. The front features a color illustrations of a young girl in a striking dress with a black skirt hold an ace of hearts. There is a piece of white mesh attached to the skirt. She is asking the recipient of the card, "You're Better? Sure 'nuff, It's In the Cards". On the inside of the card it states "You'll Be Well Soon! All Best Wishes!" The letters of the two words 'be well' is made up of playing cards line up to spell the letters. Printed on the back of the card is the number "T 5510". Measures 6" x 4 3/4". more info
 The Tripod of Analeptic Therapy . Henry Pharmacal Co..Louisville, KY.[1905]
The Tripod of Analeptic Therapy . Henry Pharmacal Co..Louisville, KY.[1905]
Price: $85.00

A booklet describing the benefits of Analeptic Therapy, and the specific drugs used in the process: Henry's Three Chlorides and Henry's Tri-Iodides. Henry's Three Chlorides was made from iron, mercury, and arsenic, and was supposed used to treat chorea, chlorosis or anemia. The three elements of the drug supposedly worked in conjunction with one another as, "it is a well-known fact that the simultaneous exhibition of small does of arsenic and bichloride of mercury, besides augmenting markedly the action of iron, prevent entirely the disturbances of digestion the constipation, headache and tendency to vascular congestion and hemorrhage which oftentimes follows the use of any iron preparation for a considerable length of time. The small dose of arsenic seems to diminish excessive sensibility of the stomach." The second drug, Henry's Tri-Iodides, was made from colchicine (anti-inflammatory), decandrin (plant), solanin (steroid glycoside, poisonous), sodium salicylate (sodium salt of salicylic acid), and iodic acid (iodine), and was supposed to treat gout, rheumatism, sciatica, neurasthenia, defective elimination and other diathetio diseases. The last page of the booklet is an add for Henry's Ichtyhol soap, a medical soap for skin issues.  20 pgs. (including printed wrappers) OCLC 0 (Jan 2019) Measures 7" x 5".. more info
 Plough's Black and White Birthday and Dream Book. Plough Chemical Company.Memphis, TN.1927
Plough's Black and White Birthday and Dream Book. Plough Chemical Company.Memphis, TN.1927
Price: $100.00

An advertising booklet for Plough Chemical Company,  a maker of cosmetics. 32 pp. Pictorial wraps. In addition to advertisements for their various products they also provide the horoscope for each astrological sign, as well as a method of interpreting one's dreams. They list a variety of different objects, places or events one might see in a dream, and what that means for you and your future. For example: Angel -  A good change from your present occupation, Clothes =  unsatisfied hopes and great disappointment, Dungeon - Loss of honor o a woman, Eyebrow - You will fail in an undertaking, Flying - Marriage calamities, Furs - Prosperity in business, Jay bird - Interesting gossip; visit from friends, Lemons - You are jealous of your lover, Office - Danger ahead, Pawn Shop - Disappointment and loss of friends, Razor - Contention and disagreement, Squirrel - Pleasant visits, and Worms - Intrigue against you is on foot. Numerous black and white illustrations of make up, women putting on make up and celebrity portraits for those endorsing the products. Staple binding. OCLC 2 (Jan 2020) Measures 6 3/4 x 4 3/4. more info
 Silent Fortune Teller, An Astrology Chart, and Tea Advertisement. A. E. Dupell Advertising Company.Brooklyn, NY.[1910]
Silent Fortune Teller, An Astrology Chart, and Tea Advertisement. A. E. Dupell Advertising Company.Brooklyn, NY.[1910]
Price: $150.00

A double sided chart with instructions to help one tell fortunes. The front side depicts a colorful chart with a portrait of an Indian woman at the center. Branching out like spokes on a wheel are the astrological signs, your planet, prominent trait, and then five rows of random letters. In the four corners are the words: Luck, Wishes, Wealth, Marriage. According to the instructions on the back one is supposed to count the letters in each row, and select a letter based on the instructions (every 8th letter in the first row, every 6th letter in the second row, etc.), once completed these letters should form words, which will give one their fortune. Also on the back is a n advertisement for Ceylon and Indian Tea, as "The Silent Fortune Teller Does not answer questions relating to Health". If you follow the ad's instructions on how to make tea ("Never boil tea. Use boiling water"), the drinker is assured good health. Additionally, information on the the Indian Goddess Seeta is provided, as the name of the tea is derived from her. Dated since the Dupell Advertising Company moved locations from New York City to Brooklyn in 1908. Measures 7" x 7 1/2". more info
Marjah, the Mystic Personal Message to You, The Art of Physic Phenomena . ..[1920]
Marjah, the Mystic Personal Message to You, The Art of Physic Phenomena . ..[1920]
Price: $175.00

A tri-fold brochure about the "art of physic phenomena", or more specifically crystal gazing. The front cover features a 'floating head' of the Marjah with the text, "It is his purpose to first induce you mentally to realize some things and then to realize upon your mental realizations." Stamped across the front cover in dark blue ink is the word "Marjah". The  brochure describes what crystal gazing is. Claiming that "telling futures by means of the Magic Crystal is far more difficult than by other methods, so much depends on the Seer, owing to difference of individual temperament." It continues on to give instructions on how to perform a reading, such as the "purer the intent on and motive of the seer, the more lucid will be the visions accorded." As well as stating that no more than two more people, other than the seer, should be at any gazing, and that they should sit an arm's length away from one another. A vision within the crystal takes patience to see and that depending on were it appears within the crystal (foreground, mid distance, or background) it relates to whether or not it vision is about the past, present or future. After these instructions, there a list of symbols one might see, and their meaning. For example, an ear means news and information, but if it is ugly or distorted it could mean a scandal or abuse. Black bread means famine, but if the bread has yellow spots on it as well, it means plague. Lastly, on the back, the "Creed of the Crystal Science League" is printed: "We believe: That if we think, talk, and express Health, Happiness and Success we shall attract them to ourselves. If we develop our minds properly there is nothing we cannot accomplish.... If we give forth light for others, we shall illumine our own path. To this end we united our minds in united thought forces." There is some references throughout the brochure of consulting with the Marjah, but the only information given on how is "All letters containing questions to Marjah must be mailed to your local Theatre. They will be forwarded to Marjah by your local Theatre." Measures 7" x 4" (folded).. In researching Marjah, found an advertisement for an upcoming performance in The Times Herald, Port Huron, MI, Nov. 1920. more info
 Aunt Sally's Policy Players Dream Book and Wheel of Fortune	. Wehman Brothers.New York, NY.[1920]
Aunt Sally's Policy Players Dream Book and Wheel of Fortune . Wehman Brothers.New York, NY.[1920]
Price: $250.00

122pp. Pictorial wraps. A book that allows the reader, not only to interpret the meaning of their dreams, but also use their dreams to picking winning numbers in the game of policy. Policy was an illegal gambling game, similar to the lotto, mostly played by the poor or in working class neighborhoods. On the cover of the book is an image of an older African American woman holding a sign with the numbers 4,11,44. This series of numbers was known as the "washerwoman's gig", and was a stereotypical bet by poor, male, African Americans. The book lists a variety of subjects, objects, or events that one might dream about, their meaning, and the numbers one should play if  you dream it. For example: "Inquest - To dream that you are present at a coroner' inquest is a bad sign; you will soon squander your fortune. 47.", "Nightingale - Light amours; to hear it song, happiness. 10.", and "Stirrup - Signifies a journey. 47." On some pages, the book doesn't list the meaning of a symbol, but rather just the numbers associated with them. Also included in the book as a copy of the Oraculum, a 'book of fate' supposed carried by Napoleon.   Measures 7 1/4" x 4 3/4". more info