My friend Marina invited me over yesterday for "mystery tea." She hails from England and brought a lot of tea back after winter break, but she rearranged the cartons of tea to fit in her suitcase and now doesn't have labels for the teabags. She gave me some PG Tips tea to take home, and I'm delighted by the advertising on the packaging. PG Tips tea celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2005, so the company printed on the box a timeline of the tea's popularity over the years. The greatest sips:
The 1950s was the decade of the famous 'Matthews Final' which saw Stanley Matthews' team, Blackpool, recover from 3-1 down to win 4-3 in the 1953 FA Cup Final. Footballers were paid nothing like the amounts they earn today and the half-time cuppa was seen as a valuable bonus...
The big news in the early 60s was the introduction of the PG tea bag. A stunned nation grappled with the new-fangled way of making their favourite brew, but it caught on quickly and there were reports of mass hysteria. Other news: a pop group called the Beatles had a few hit records.
During the 80s Boy George, the Karma Chameleon himself, made the news when he claimed that he'd rather have a pot of tea than go to bed. To drinkers of PG this was an understandable reaction!