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Cocktail Napkin, Wish Fulfillment, 1939

This is a Cocktail napkin. It was designed by Marguerita Mergentime. It is dated 1939 and we acquired it in 2019. Its medium is linen (six napkins), cotton (2 napkins- graphology, tea leaves).

Mergentime used an assortment of serif and sans serif fonts for these fortune-telling cocktail napkins, which must have sparked conversation and possibly even predictions for the future amongst guests.

This object was donated by Virginia Bayer. It is credited Gift of Mergentime Family Archive.

Its dimensions are

L x W: 16.2 × 19.4 cm (6 3/8 × 7 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Cocktail Napkin, Wish Fulfillment, 1939; Designed by Marguerita Mergentime ; linen (six napkins), cotton (2 napkins- graphology, tea leaves); L x W: 16.2 × 19.4 cm (6 3/8 × 7 5/8 in.); Gift of Mergentime Family Archive; 2019-17-8

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