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Advert For Fortune, Keith & Co, Tea Merchants

Advert For Fortune, Keith & Co, Tea Merchants

Printer: Deakin & Co.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Evan.6728

Item number: 6728

Genre: Leaflet

The working classes drank their tea not to be fashionable like the more wealthy Victorians but because they needed the nutrients that it provided. Factory workers were given a ‘tea break’ when tea was served which provided not only a time to socialise but the caffeine and sugar in the tea gave them energy to work. Tea was drunk in large quantities and due to the introduction of tea from Shri Lanka it was a cheaper alternative to alcohol.

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