Bibliography of Booklets About Tasseomancy Issued by Tea Companies

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Tea-Leaf Reading Bibliography!!

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Contents

Tasseomancy Booklets issued by Tea Companies

Tea companies have historically issued three types of booklets.

* Tea Company Booklets: All about growing, harvesting, and packing tea, plus instructions on how to brew a good cup of tea.
* Tasseomancy Booklets Issued by Tea Companies: Illustrated instructions on how to read tea leaves. <-- YOU ARE HERE.

See also:

* Tasseomancy Booklets Issued by Pottery Companies <-- COMING EVENTUALLY

And now, on to this bibliography!

Bushnell's Blue Label Tea

Bushnell’s Blue Label. How to Read Tea Cups. Bushell’s Ltd, c.1934-1946.

  • At least two editions with identical contents and different photo-covers.]

Leeman's Tell Your Fortune Tea


In the 1930s the Ming-Cha Company issued a tiny booklet of instructions in tea leaf reading to accompany a special brand of loose-leaf tea called Tell Your Fortune Tea


Benevente, Marcia. Tea Fortunes! Stephen Leeman Products, 1931 and 1946

  • Two editions exist with variant covers and advertisements; the contents otherwise are identical.


Lipton's Tea


"Your Future in the Tea Cup" by Princess Romana, published by Thomas J. Lipton, Inc., 1934.


Princess Romana. Your Fortune in the Tea Cup. Thomas J. Lipton, Inc., 1934.


Lipton's Tea ad for "Your Future in the Tea Cup" booklet; this ran in the Saint Louis Globe Democrat newspaper for May 26th, 1935, on Page 80.


YOU TOO can read tea leaves

JUST SEND FOR THIS FREE BOOK

Have you ever wondered how tea leaf reading is done? Would you like to know how to interpret the various groupings of tea leaves in the bottom of the tea cup? Then you will want a copy of "Your Future in the Tea Cup," This fascinating book is intended for your amusement only — no claim is made that it foretells the future, Yet it is complete and authentic according to experts in the art. And its scores of illustrations of tea leaf symbols and simplified descriptions enable you to become proficient in a very short time.

Send for this unusual book, and then after enjoying a cup of fragrant Lipton's Tea, try your skill at tea leaf reading/ Go to your grocer today and purchase a package of Lipton's of Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Black Tea or Lipton's Green Japan Tea. Then follow the instructions in the coupon below and get your copy of "Your Future in the Tea Cup" Free.

Lipton's Tea: Yellow Label, Orange Pekoe and Pekoe, also Green Japan.

"Your Future in the Tea Cup" Complete, Authoritative, Interesting, Fully Illustrated.

Get This Fascinating Book FREE

Remove the picture of Sir Thomas Lipton from the side of a quarter, half, or one pound package of Lipton's Tea. Send it to us with a 3-cent stamp and your name and address written on the back, with the coupon below.

Name ________________ Street and No. ______ City _____ State _____

Address nearest office

Thomas J. Lipton, Inc., 15301 Indiana St. Hoboken, N. J.

Thoma J. Lipton, Inc., 63 W. KL... St., Chicago, Ill.


"The Cup of Knowledge: The Tea of Good Fortune — Lipton's," the booklet accompanying the Alfred Meakin Royal Marigold Cup of Knowledge, front cover.
"The Cup of Knowledge: The Tea of Good Fortune — Lipton's," the booklet accompanying the Alfred Meakin Royal Marigold Cup of Knowledge, back cover.


Lipton. The Cup of Knowledge — Lipton’s. Thomas J. Lipton, Ltd., 1938.

  • Lipton's Tea Cup of Knowledge, Alfred Meakin Royal Marigold Cup.
  • 16 pg. Booklet


Red Rose Tea


Red Rose Cup of Fortune instruction booklet, unfolded to show how the art flows across the back and front covers. Oddly, the "Red Rose" of the brand name is yellow on this booklet.
Red Rose Cup of Fortune instruction booklet, page 4.


Red Rose Tea: Cup of Fortune

  • Tea Leaf Reading Booklet, "Cup of Fortune," Red Rose Tea, circa 1965
  • 10 pg. Booklet
  • Issued by the Red Rose tea company, this booklet was distributed in conjunction with the sale of a set of three fortune telling tea cups, numbered 1, 2, and 3, made by the Taylor and Kent pottery company, and so it is double-listed and appears in both categories -- tea cups and tea reading booklets.
  • To see the tea cups themselves, go to Cup of Fortune (1964) Red Rose.

Salada Tea


"Cup Reading" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, in its "Four women" variant.
"Cup Reading" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, in its "Outer Space" variant.
"Cup Reading" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, in its "Pirate Ship" variant for inclusion in packages of its black orange pekoe tea.
"Cup Reading" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, in its orange "Pirate Ship" variant, back cover.
"Cup Reading" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, in its "Pirate Ship" variant for inclusion in packages of green tea.

Salada. Cup Reading. Salada Tea, c 1934 - 1940 with variant covers and contents.


"The Tea-Cup Mystery" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, page 1.
"The Tea-Cup Mystery" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, "Dictionary of Symbols," page 3.
"The Tea-Cup Mystery" by the Salada Tea Company of Boston, "The Art of Tea Cup Reading," page 5.

Salada. The Tea Cup Mystery. Salada Tea, c 1934 - 1940.

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