Barbour's Irish Flax Thread Hand-reading Victorian Era Trade Card

Regular price $20.00

How could I resist a trade card that also delivered fortunes based on the shape of one's hand?! I think it's really great looking on the front with this fan formed by hands and shells on the corners, and then on the back we learn that the "spatulate hand" indicates an often tyrannical disposition, while pointy hands mean love of beauty (though excessive imagination!) and then all sorts of details about square hands including reading of the lines of head, heart and Saturn! Pretty fun. Barbour's Thread Co. was was founded in 1784 in Ireland but this card, dating to 1893 or so, advertised outlets in the United States.

Great condition, 5 5/8" x 3 1/8".