Advert for WF Prescott & Co's tea
Medium: Print on paper
Tea was introduced to Britain by the explorer Thomas Garway around 1650, and while first viewed with suspicion it slowly grew in popularity. It was initially heavily taxed and thus remained rare and relatively expensive, until the taxes were lifted in the 18th century. By the early-1900s tea was being sold by chemists and grocers as loose leaves. In the 1890s manufacturers began to package it in lead boxes, to prevent shopkeepers from tampering with it.