A look at the fortune telling teacups, which were popular in the early 20th century, and were adorned with symbols meant to aid in interpreting tea leaves.

Highlights include:
• The different varieties of fortune telling teacups
• An attempt at a tea leaf reading

Sources consulted RE: Fortune Telling Teacups

Books RE: Fortune Telling Teacups

Articles RE: Fortune Telling Teacups

  • 15 Jul 1893, Page 32 – The Railroad Telegrapher at Newspapers.com
  • Asheville Gazette News Sat Jul 16 1910
  • Baxter Springs News Thu Nov 16 1911
  • Beatrice Weekly Times Thu Nov 8 1900
  • Brooklyn Times Union Sat May 17 1890
  • Buffalo Courier Sun Mar 8 1925
  • Buffalo Courier Wed Aug 3 1910
  • Buffalo Morning Express and Illustrated Buffalo Express Sat Feb 1 1896
  • Chattanooga Daily Times Sun Jan 8 1899
  • Evening Star Sat Aug 1 1896
  • Fall River Daily Globe Tue May 23 1899
  • Great Bend Tribune Wed Mar 6 1907
  • Knoxville Sentinel Sat Feb 3 1900
  • Logansport Pharos Tribune Fri May 27 1898
  • Monrovia Daily News Fri Jan 17 1913
  • Monterey Daily Cypress Fri Aug 26 1910
  • Oakland Tribune Wed May 6 1931
  • Saskatoon Daily Star Wed Jul 5 1922
  • Star Tribune Fri Dec 1 1893
  • The Bessemer Herald Sat Feb 17 1912
  • The Daily Republican Fri Jul 26 1918
  • The Daily Telegram Sat Nov 8 1919
  • The Decatur Herald Thu Feb 1 1923
  • The Evening Herald Mon Sep 30 1912
  • The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Thu Feb 7 1895
  • The Honolulu Advertiser Thu Jan 7 1892
  • The Morning Astorian Sun Apr 19 1896
  • The Newcastle Weekly Courant Sat Jan 4 1896
  • The Ottawa Citizen Fri Aug 2 1901
  • The Ottawa Journal Mon Oct 24 1898
  • The Ottawa Journal Sat Dec 9 1899
  • The Ottawa Journal Sat Jan 26 1924
  • The Pomona Progress Sat Jul 15 1916
  • The Record Thu Aug 18 1927
  • The Standard Union Sat Jun 3 1899
  • The Winnipeg Tribune Thu Sep 13 1928
  • The Winnipeg Tribune Wed Sep 6 1922
  • Times Herald Fri May 20 1910
  • Wilkes Barre Semi Weekly Record Tue Aug 8 1899
  • Wilkes Barre Times Leader The Evening News Fri May 22 1908

Websites

  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/The_Museum_of_Fortune_Telling_Tea_Cups_and_Saucers
  • https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/fortune-telling-tea-cups
  • https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tea-room-police-raids-new-york-psychics-fortune-telling
  • https://blog.etsy.com/en/short-stories-aynsley-nelros-cup-of-fortune/
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Fortune_Telling_Postcards_by_Fred_C._Lounsbury
  • https://www.sipsby.com/blogs/news/the-history-of-tea-leaf-reading
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasseography
  • Genevieve Wimsatt’s cup: https://www.etsy.com/listing/504597242/genevieve-wimsatt-chinese-fortune?show_sold_out_detail=1&ref=nla_listing_details
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Genevieve_B._Wimsatt
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Chinese_Fortune-Telling_Teacup
  • https://patents.google.com/patent/US1729235A/en
  • https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-1931-chinese-fortune-telling-1863286616
  • 1920 patent for fortune telling cup: https://patents.google.com/patent/US1342223A/en?q=fortune+telling+cup&oq=fortune+telling+cup&sort=old
    Patent for disposable fortune telling cup, 2007:
  • https://patents.google.com/patent/JP2007030981A/en?q=fortune+telling+cup&oq=fortune+telling+cup
  • Combination scale and fortune-telling machine patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US1774622A/en?q=fortune+telling+cup&oq=fortune+telling+cup&sort=old&page=1
  • Fortune telling game patent 1935: https://patents.google.com/patent/US2008357A/en?q=fortune+telling+cup&oq=fortune+telling+cup&sort=old&page=1
  • https://www.grimoire.org/teacup/
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Cup_of_Fortune_(1964)_Red_Rose
  • Cup of Destiny: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/the-cup-of-destiny-book-teacup-set?
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Zancigs_Cup_of_Destiny
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Taltos_Fortune_Telling_Cup_(1975)_Jon_Anton
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Taltos_Fortune_Telling_Cup_(1980)_Royal_Kendal
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Cup_of_Destiny_(2001)_Jane_Lyle_/_Barnes_and_Noble
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Courtney_Locke
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Aynsley_Cup_of_Knowledge_Art_Nouveau_Roses_Small
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Category:Cartomancy_Cups_and_Saucers
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Category:Cup_of_Knowledge_(2)_Aynsley
  • https://rogueandwolf.com/products/ouija-mug
  • https://us.killstar.com/products/zodiac-cup-saucer
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Killstar_Zodiac
  • https://us.killstar.com/products/cosmic-tea-cup-saucer
  • http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/Killstar_Cosmic
  • https://www.etsy.com/search?q=fortune%20telling%20cup%20vintage
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/1004265916/antique-aynsley-nelros-cup-of-knowledge?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=fortune+telling+cup+vintage&ref=sr_gallery-1-22&organic_search_click=1&frs=1
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/886884943/vintage-fortune-telling-cup-and-saucer?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=fortune+telling+cup+vintage&ref=sr_gallery-1-25&organic_search_click=1&sca=1
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/601068536/vintage-fortune-telling-cup-saucer-tarot?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=fortune+telling+cup+vintage&ref=sr_gallery-1-24&organic_search_click=1&sca=1
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/574694054/vintage-fortune-telling-cup-saucer?ref=shop_home_recs_2
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/611875919/vintage-royal-kendall-fortune-telling?ref=shop_home_recs_3
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/627658306/vintage-jon-anton-fortune-telling-cup?ref=shop_home_recs_4&sca=1
  • https://www.misshavishamscuriosities.com/store/p497/Vintage_Rosebud_Fortune_Cup_and_Saucer.html#/
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/905492926/rare-authentic-aynsley-1920s-the-nelros?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=fortune+telling+cup+vintage&ref=sr_gallery-1-49&organic_search_click=1&frs=1&cns=1

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