American tea-service and the home economics schools?

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mbanu
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Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:01 pm

An article from a 1915 academic journal in Home Economics, during the transition period into a general public interest magazine like the Seven Sisters magazines.

Lots of interesting bits in this one... "Thé dansant" was the "tea dance", a practice also popular in England, but that I am unfamiliar with in regards to tea. A surprise for me is that they were apparently reading translations of Lu Yu in the home economics schools. Mixed green and black tea is seen as old-fashioned, while Ceylon tea is promoted. (Formosa oolong is not given the dismissive treatment of green-black blends, however.) "Russian tea" (Ceylon with lemon) is seen as excellent hot or iced, and the tea-kettle shaped tea-ball seen as a fun novelty (just as it was in 2015 :) ). However, again there is a mention of tea served with cream, which today is mostly associated with the East Frisian style of tea from Germany.

I suspect that the poem was an original invention of the author, who seemed to also be a poet. It is still interesting to me that the steep time for what is clearly Chinese tea is so short; what size was the pot, I wonder?
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Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:17 pm

mbanu wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:01 pm
"Thé dansant" was the "tea dance", a practice also popular in England, but that I am unfamiliar with in regards to tea.
Apparently still a popular enough pastime in 1940 to get an Ella Fitzgerald song, though :) :
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Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:45 pm

Enjoying your many posts thanks @mbanu. Quite an education into early 20th century popular American tea culture in commercial setting. Great music and fun adds too. Ella Fitzgerald made my day :)

p.s. would love to get some background on your research and interests. Possibly you can share some of that in a group introduction.
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