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A newspaper with a focus on phrenology...

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April 1, 1861

BROUGHTON'S MONTHLY PLANET READER AND ASTROLOGICAL JOURNAL, Philadelphia, April 1, 1861  A fascinating and very unusual newspaper of small-size themed on predicting what would happen in the future as well as astrology and phrenology. The "science" of phrenology believed that a person's intelligence & personality were a factor of the shape of their skull.
The ftpg. has: "An Act For the Suppression of Fortune Telling & Other Purposes". Inside has: "An Opinion of the Affairs of the Nation for the Spring Quarter of 1861" which predicts what will happen, and somewhat successfully: "...which aspects will take place about the middle of April, will have a tendency to influence the President...to use decided measures & I look for warlike preparations being made about that time, or some decided blow being struck..." with some notes on Presidents Jefferson Davis & Abraham Lincoln (see).
Four pages, 5 3/4 by 9 inches, a bit irregular at the spine, nice condition.

Category: Moments in American History

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