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Rajah Rabo's 5-Star Mutuel Dream Book
by Rajah Rabo (pseudonym of Carl Z. Talbot)
Orig. pub. 1932; this is a facsimile of the 1941 revised ed.
80 pages, saddle-stitched booklet.

This famous lottery dream book contains 46 pages of dream keywords. There are no interpretations for the dreams, just sets of 3-digit number picks in the following format:

         DOPE FIEND - COLORED   037
         DOPE FIEND - WHITE     778
In addition to the dream numbers, there are 17 pages of numbers for ladies' and gentlemen's names, 1 page of leading jockeys's names (of the 1920s - 1930s), 3 pages of names of race horses (also from the 1920s - 1930s), names of Harlem clubs, birth years (the last year-number is 1934), and weekdays, 2 pages of month numbers and "Harlem Hunches" (things you might see), 2 pages of names of states and cities, 3 pages of horoscopes with zodiac numbers, and 6 pages of numbers for every birthday in the year.

The author of this book, Carl Z. Talbot, was an African American man born July 30, 1890 in Springfield, Massachusetts, who completed one year of high school and was listed in the Federal Census of 1940 as a "writer and publisher." He wrote under the pseudonym Rajah Rabo, and originally published his books in Mount Vernon, New York, a close suburb of Manhattan that happens to be the most northerly stop on the New York City subway lines. He died in May 1974, at the age of 83.

Talbot is best known for having written and published the Rajah Rabo 5-Star Mutuel Dream Book in 1932, with a "new improved" revised edition released in 1941 and the Pick'Em Dream Book by Rajah Rabo in 1953. His last booklet, "Rajah Rabo's H-Bomb," was published in April, 1973, when he was 82 years old.

Because this dream book is specifically geared toward Mutuel race track betting, there are lucky numbers given for the names of many famous jockeys of times gone by -- Jack Westrope (his career spanned 1933 to 1958), Ray Workman (a winning jockey from 1929 - 1936), "C. Kursing" (a typo for C. Kursinger, who won the Kentucky Derby n 1931 and 1937), and three founding members of the Jockeys Guild in the late 1930s -- Eddie Acaro, Lester Balaski, and John Pollard. Also named and numbered are two riders associated with the famous racehorse Seabiscuit: trainer Keith Stucki and jockey George Woolf. Horses whose lucky numbers are given in the book likewise date from the 1920s and early 1930s, and include Tutticurio, who ran in the Kentucky Derby in 1935.

As can be seen from the "DOPE FIEND" example given above, Mr. Talbot dealt unabashedly with topics that many dream book authors have traditionally avoided. As in his Pick'Em Dream Book, there is an entry for "FAGGETT" [sic -- a misspelling of "Faggot," a homosexual man], as well as lucky betting numbers for those who have a dream about a DUNG HEAP, ROAD HOUSE, REEFERS, ODD FEET, HAIRY WOMAN, STOOL-PIGEON, or VICE RAID.

Carl Talbot's individualistic choices of dream imagery paint a vivid picture of life in Harlem in the 1930s. He gives number picks for dreams about popular dances like the BUCK DANCE, CHARLESTON, and the BLACK BOTTOM; for hoodoo magic practices like CANDLE BURNING and INCENSE BURNING; for all-Negro entertainment venues like the APOLLO THEATER; for black-owned newspapers like the AMSTERDAM NEWS and; as is typical for him, for Jewish-themed dreams as well, including a SYNAGOGUE and a COLORED JEW.

Despite the fact that portions of this book are slightly antiquated, enthusiasm for Rajah Rabo's system of dream number picks -- both in the Rajah Rabo 5-Star Mutuel Dream Book and the Pick'Em Dream Book by Rajah Rabo -- remains undimmed. For example, an in-depth newspaper article on hoodoo practices in Macon, Georgia in 2000 made mention of the Rajah Rabo books.

More general information about dream books, policy wheels, and lottery betting will be found in the page about "Aunt Sally's Policy Players Dream Book"

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