"Chinese Fortune Sticks" represent a method of divination by random selection. One shakes a container of numbered sticks until one advances beyond the others, its number being keyed to forecasts of luck (in couplets) and fortune (in quatrains) in the accompanying booklet.
One canister of sticks shown calls the process "Chi-Chi" while the other refers to it as "Chien Tung"; both claim it as "The Oldest Known Method of Fortune Telling in the World." (The cardboard canister on the left measures about 2¾ diameter x 6¼ inches high and is printed in red on yellow; that on the right, about 2¼ inches diameter x 8 inches high, is made of wood, painted red and black.)
The "Chi-Chi" booklet was Copyrighted in 1915 by "Pacifico, San Francisco," while the other, undated and lacking publishing information, is recent.