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NEAR MINT. -RARE- EARLY 1930'S HALLOWEEN HOUSE OF FATE FORTUNE- WHITNEY CO.

Any of the House of Fate cards are desirable and very rarely surface. It was exciting to see this listing. This card comes from a series manufactured by Whitney in the early 1930s that they called The House of Fate. The cards are superbly designed with pull-away roofs containing the printed fortune. I believe that nine constitute the complete set, although that is just a guess. At first glance, the differing base designs look similar. However, when you closely examine the cards, there are always very minute differences present. I'm puzzled as to why Whitney would have introduced these subtle differences. It doesn’t seem cost effective. Perhaps we'll never know. Whitney went out of business in 1942. (Check out the eight examples on page 278.) This card is in stellar condition and is being offered by a stellar seller.

10/04 Update: This sold for an unbelievable $550, deep into bubble territory. If someone wants to buy the eight shown on page 278 in my book, they can be yours for $4400. Shipping would be free.

SET OF 5 VINTAGE HALLOWEEN POP UP HOUSE OF FATE FORTUNE TELLING CARDS*JOL*WITCH+

This lot prompted a number of emails. I wrote each person the same thing - that I would pass on the lot since the condition was poor. Even so, the lot brought strong dollars. These House of Fate fortune cards were made by Whitney during the early 1930s. Each of these is different than the 8 examples in the collection. At first glance, the 3-4 base designs look similar. When you closely examine different examples, there are always very minute differences present. I'm puzzled as to why Whitney would have introduced these subtle differences. It doesn’t seem cost effective. Perhaps we'll never know. Whitney went out of business in 1942. 

vintage Halloween party mechanical invitation The House of Fate

The seller says they cannot find this rare fortune card in any of their references. Well, they simply don't have the right reference since this card, along with four others from the set, is shown on page 195.  
This card comes from a series manufactured by Whitney in the early 1930s that they called The House of Fate. The cards are superbly designed with pull-away roofs containing the printed fortune. I believe that nine constitute the complete set, with three differing houses and roof styles. Since my second edition was published in 2007, I have augmented the set shown on page 195 by three. These House of Fate cards rarely surface and tend to go for far bigger bucks than indicated in the reference. If I were to ever update to a third edition, I would value each card in the set at no less than $75 in perfect condition, which this card is not. 

09/22 Update: Even given the limitations of condition, this House of Fate fortune card fetched $68.13.