Item #18633 Typed letter, 3-page mechanically reproduced typescript letter on attractive letterhead, casting a supposed full horoscope reading for an unnamed correspondent. Fraud, Professor George Ruppert, Astrology.

Typed letter, 3-page mechanically reproduced typescript letter on attractive letterhead, casting a supposed full horoscope reading for an unnamed correspondent.

Boston, n. d., [ca. 1903]. 3 leaves printed rectos only, 11 x 8.38 inches, text in green ink, printed letterhead and testimonials on the first lead in red and blue ink. A few small closed tears along old mailing folds; in very good condition overall, quite attractive. Item #18633

An entertaining and extensive (likely canned) horoscope that predicts in part, “The profession you should follow is that of a Metaphysician or Magnetic Healer. In a Business you would be successful as a dealer in books or papers in any form.” Predictions also include the death of a male relative in 1904 and a successful lawsuit “against a corporation” in summer or autumn of 1904. The San Francisco Call o June 26, 1904, notes in a squib datelined Washington, “A fraud order was this morning issued against ‘Professor’ George Ruppert of Boston and the ‘American College of Astrology.’ ‘Professor’ Ruppert is believed to have obtained $10,000 or $15,000 be means of an unscrupulous wit and the stars and the moon in less than two years.” (He evidently offered horoscopes to the all and sundry for a dollar; the testimonials on his commercial letterhead here suggest he also sold some sort of medicines to combat predicted illnesses.).

Price: $100.00