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by mbanu
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: "Orange Pekoe" as an advertising slogan
Replies: 0
Views: 47

"Orange Pekoe" as an advertising slogan

In America, the "orange pekoe" advertising campaigns by companies such as Lipton and Tetley helped transform the nation from green and oolong drinkers into black tea drinkers almost exclusively, but there is not much information out there on it. When people try to look, most info goes back to the fu...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: The Hall China Company and classic American teapot designs
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: The Hall China Company and classic American teapot designs

Apparently this pattern has another name, "Taverne". It looks like this name may have been invented by Harvey Duke, a Hall China collector who wanted a way to distinguish this pattern from another pattern named Silhouette produced by the Crooksville China Company that had a similar look. Was one a c...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: The Hall China Company and classic American teapot designs
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: The Hall China Company and classic American teapot designs

Hall China also did patterned teapots, but most of them were various types of floral pattern. This one is a non-floral, nicknamed "Silhouette". Sadly, I don't know much about the symbolism behind the image. Apparently this was a popular pattern for "store premium" campaigns. This was a practice wher...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?

An American perspective from the same journal in 1925. The suspicion seems to be advertising, in that there were apparently no popular package-branded Formosa oolongs, they did not have a catchy slogan like "orange pekoe" (I guess "champagne of teas" came later? Earlier?), and many younger Americans...
by mbanu
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?

A report on the oolong industry in Taiwan from Tokutaro Sakai of Mitsui & Co., a Japanese firm that was a major packer of Formosa oolong in the 1920s, including some sales figures, growing regions, and some of the difficulties, such as lower sales in America due to the Spanish Flu pandemic and the d...
by mbanu
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: The "Seven Sisters" magazines and their influence on American tea-culture
Replies: 32
Views: 674

Re: The "Seven Sisters" magazines and their influence on American tea-culture

Not a Seven Sisters article, but rather one from a 1937 Esquire, a popular men's magazine. I think that the tone with which it talks about tea and tea-drinkers helps frame the context for how tea was viewed in the U.S. and why so much of the tea-culture was concentrated in certain places rather than...
by mbanu
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?

I have tasted it, but it does not seem to be a consistent style, other than not being a green oolong. Forrest mentioned this being an issue in the 80s: Mention of the United States reminds us that that is one country where a 'connoisseur-ish' taste for 'Formosa Oolongs' still lingers. Mr James Pratt...
by mbanu
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Formosa oolong in America: What happened?

So the U.S. never had any trade conflicts with Taiwan, as far as I am aware, like the 20-year trade embargo between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. It's never had any wars with Taiwan, like WWII with Japan, although Taiwan was a Japanese colony at the time. And for decades and decades, ...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 863
Views: 155001

Re: Introduce Yourself

a strong bias in English-language tea forums towards teas from China, Taiwan, Japan, does not surprise me at all. Taiwan is the big surprise for me. China makes sense, as there was a 20-year trade embargo and by the time it was over the Chinese tea industry had changed so radically that even if som...
by mbanu
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teabag
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Teabag

LeoFox wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:47 pm
Maybe begin with american bags.
I don't actually make iced tea very often, maybe this will be a fun experiment when the weather warms up. :)
by mbanu
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362331

Re: Yixing

Do Yixing collectors normally look at the provenance of a pot? Things like original sales receipts, photographs of the original owner in which the pot happens to be in the background, etc. With many of the pots, I imagine the original owners are still alive, or that they have only had a couple owner...
by mbanu
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teabag
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Teabag

Have you ever done a head to head comparison of lipton in the bag vs out of the bag or with other bags? Lipton is undrinkable for me so i won't be able to do this. I have not, mostly because I don't know how I would define Lipton anymore. Lipton is a strange one in that its tea blends have no consi...
by mbanu
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 863
Views: 155001

Re: Introduce Yourself

Those look interesting! What is on the lid? It's a duck. Which is more rare, mainly you find fish, frogs, or various vegetables and tree stumps. That's a good point -- I think that might be the first duck I've ever seen on a teapot. On the lid seems like a good design choice, as trying to make the ...
by mbanu
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 863
Views: 155001

Re: Introduce Yourself

mbanu Chinese wedding pattern pots, yes please! Is it those ones from Chaoshan for example? I know these were especially gifted for weddings in that region. ./download/file.php?id=7152 Those look interesting! What is on the lid? I am probably using the wrong term for what I mean. :lol: I was mainly...
by mbanu
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teabag
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Teabag

Pyramid bags are interesting; Unilever (through Brooke Bond) claims to have invented them in 1996 for their PG Tips brand, mostly as a way to draw away customers from Tetley: Brooke Bond says its pyramid design is the result of four years of scientific research costing "hundreds of thousands of poun...