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Dr. V. M. Pierce Your Fortune in A Tea Cup. World's Dispensary Medical Association.Buffalo, NY.1916
Dr. V. M. Pierce Your Fortune in A Tea Cup. World's Dispensary Medical Association.Buffalo, NY.1916


 
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Price: $65.00

Product Code: 29001832

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32 pp. Pictorial wraps. A booklet of mostly advertisements for Dr. Pierce's patent medicine that was meant to treat a variety of ailments of women. The first few pages of the booklet provides two methods instructing the reader on how to read one's fortune in tea leaves. For example, two dots side by side mean an engagement, while a cross in the tea is a sign of sad tidings. The second method requires a different positioning of the cup with a different value set of results. The rest of the booklet are advertisements for Dr. Pierce, or poems or advice directed at a female reader. Some of the titles of the pieces are "What She Saw in the Looking-Glass. A Change for Good.", "How You Can Be Your Own Beauty Doctor", "The Blood is The Life", "Cheerful Women!", and "Doctor Pierce's Compound Extract of Smart Weed (or Water Pepper)". The booklet often switches between discussing actual illness, such as ovarian tumors, kidney problems, and hemorrhoids, to more cosmetic issues like pimples and acne. In the article "Cheerful Women", it states "Despondency is a thing of evil results. Worry produces nothing but wrinkles and wretchedness ... Don't worry. Worry is the greatest foe to the happiness of any household. An anxious, despondent face, a fretful, complaining voice will make every one uncomfortable. A woman's nerves are more truly the cause of worry than outside troubles."  The cover depicts three witches on broom sticks flying in the air over a scalding hot cup of tea, with the tea from the cup swirling around the witches. . Measures 5 1/2" x 4"..