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National Tea Month: See Vintage Tea Ads from the 1940s and 50s

Throwback Thursday Volume 41

It’s universally agreed around the world that tea and coffee are incredible drinks. And because of this, in many cultures, tea and coffee occupy a very special place. Our admiration for tea is reflected in this week's Throwback Thursday, dedicated to vintage tea ads as we celebrate National Tea Month at


Sunkist Lemons, 1955

1955 Ad, Fresh Sunkist Lemons, California-Arizona, for Iced Tea

Tagline: Fresh lemon makes iced tea outstanding

Secondary tagline: Only fresh lemons give the true lemon flavor

Published in Saturday Evening Post, August 20, 1955, Vol. 228, No. 8

Source: Classic Film via Flickr


Lipton Tea, 1946

1946 Lipton Tea Ad, Endorsement from Actress Claudette Colbert
Vintage 1940s magazine advertisement, Lipton Tea, with endorsement from film and stage actress Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 - July 30, 1996).


"Lipton's brisk flavor really makes tea time," says Claudette Colbert.

Published in Redbook magazine, February 1946, Vol. 86, No. 4

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Tender Leaf tea old school ad

"New! You can load it with ICE!"

Tender Leaf Tea, circa 1958



Tender Leaf Brand Tea Bags, 1953

Vintage 1950s illustrated magazine advertisement, Tender Leaf Brand Tea Bags, with winking teacup faces.

Published in Woman's Day, March 1953, Vol 16 No. 6

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Canterbury Tea, 1939

Tagline: "Turn off the heat with this zesty 'cooler'"

Secondary tagline:

"Canterbury Tea - Tea in the best tradition"

Published in The Family Circle magazine, July 21, 1939, Vol. 15 No. 3

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"I've checked and I know!"

A&P store ad

Published in Woman's Day, November 1952

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