This is a very rare piece of Chinatown San Francisco International Expo! I have searched and searched and have only been able to find 1 and it is only the book. It advertises the store Hi Wo Hong Co. located at 718 Grant Ave, where the Cathay House is located today. The Cathay House has been there for over 70 years, I found an article about it in a Dec. Life magazine.
The cardboard holder is 5.5" tall, and 2.75" in diameter. It says Cha-Gar Chinese Best Oldest Fortune Teller. It has directions on how to play. The back advertises Hi Wo Hong at 718 Grant Street and says Golden Gate International Exposition with a picture of an Emperor. The top is missing. It has 79 bamboo sticks each numbered. 1 is missing, there should be 80. The sticks are of various widths and the ends are trimmed in different ways on one end. The are 5.5" long. The book is 6" X 4.5" and has 27 pages. It is curled from being in the circular holder. The edges are worn.
So you make a wish, shake the box at different angles till only one stick pops out. You read it's number and refer to it in the book, that tells you what your fortune is. I like that the first thing to do is "Maintain a devout attitude"
I tried it and here is my fortune:
Omen: Fate has plentiful on you its favors showered. Your winsome smile has your love for you. In love there is no distinction of high and low nor wealth and poverty it the love is true.
Interpretation: You will shortly receive valuable gifts from your associates. Soon you will meet the one you love and will be happily married.
Yes, I wrote it exactly, I think the writers first language was Chinese.
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