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"Dregs in th Cup" depicts a fortune teller giving good news to a shy young woman and her protective suitor; perhaps a marriage is foretold

The image of a female fortune teller reading tea leaves has, since the 19th century, been a subject of gallery art, popular commercial art, and cartooning. One prominent 19th and 20th century painter who produced many variations on this theme was Harry Roseland. If you like art, you may enjoy my essay on Roseland's art and the Cuban spirit known as La Madama -- it covers several typyes of African American divination in addition to cup reading. While you're here, take a look at some of the vintage tea room postcards, tea room match book covers, tea room menus, and related tea room ephemera we have come across in our own research on the subject of fortune telling by tea cups.

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