Online Collections

Search Tips

Quotation Marks—Enclosing a multiword phrase in quotation marks tells the search engine to list only sites that contain those words in that exact order.

The following must appear in ALL CAPS and with a space on each side.

AND—Indicates that the records found must contain all the words joined by the AND operator. For example, to find objects that contain the words wizard, oz, and movie, enter wizard AND oz AND movie.

OR—Records found must contain at least one of the words joined by OR. For example, to find objects that contain the word dog or the word puppy, enter dog OR puppy.

AND NOT—Indicates that the records found cannot contain the word that follows the term AND NOT. For example, to find objects that contain the word pets but not the word dogs, enter pets AND NOT dogs.

Chiromagica or the Hand of Fate


Fortune telling is an ancient human activity. People still devise methods to see the future, whether for lifetime planning or simply for fun. Game manufacturers know this, and produce fortune-telling games to answer the gaming public's desire. In the late 19th century, McLoughlin Brothers of New York produced one remarkable example. The firm's "Chiromagica or the Hand of Fate" utilizes hidden technology to forcast the future. Specially-themed subject rings and a question bar both carry hidden magnets, and thereby control the fortune-telling device. Apparently magical, the mysterious hand points at answers to specifically-posed questions. The technology still works in the present day.

  • Manufacturer: McLoughlin Brothers
  • Material: printed cardboard | glass | wood
  • Origin: New York, NY
  • Style: fortune telling
  • Object ID: 107.3826
Creative Commons License