Posted by: catalinamuseum | 10/13/2010

Catalina: The Magic Isle

I have been doing research on the Chicago Cubs that involves going through a couple decades of newspapers.  I ran across this today and couldn’t resist posting it.

An excerpt of Ordinance No. 190 printed in the March 4, 1931 Catalina Islander, regarding the licensing and regulations of certain kinds of businesses carried on in the City of Avalon:

“Section 18. ASTROLOGERS, PALMISTS, PHRENOLOGISTS, ETC For every person who carries on, practices or professes to practice the business or art of astrology, palmistry, phrenology, card reading, fortune telling, cartomancy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, crystal gazing, hypnotism, mediumship, prophecy, augury, divination, magic or necromancy, and who demands or receives a fee for the practice, exercise or exhibition of his art therein, or who gives an exhibition thereof at any place where an admission fee is charged, $10.00 per day”

It was nestled between a section for street stands and one for baggage or freight transport.

Another favorite listing was Section 27. Peddling Fruit, Vegetables, Food Products, Gasoline, etc.  One of these things is not like the other!



  1. How silly is that!

  2. very interesting

  3. i hope this works

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