Tea Bags Collection
gather every tea bag collector,
or collectionist of any other item related to tea like: labels, boxes,
cans, tea pots, cups, etc. The idea is to exchange these items,
increase and improve the collections, share and make friends with a
If you would like to join the club, just send me an e-mail
A Little History
Tea Bag Envelopes? Say what?!
is a hobby as any other, although it requires patience and much and
detailed observation. The tea bag envelopes are the outter wrapping
–generally made of paper or aluminum- that protects the tea bag from
deteriorating by external agents such as light and humidity; and since
the invention of publicity they are integral part of the marketing and
promotion of each company.
if we make some history, this wasn’t really the motivation to pack
the tea. Since the XIV century until more or less 1820 only loose tea
was sold. By that year the European merchants sold it mixed or pure and
stored it in wooden boxes.
was the Englishman John Horniman who introduced the first really
packed tea in an effort to tempt other markets (to whom he had to send
light and manageable samples). The idea of buying tea for “a
name”, that is after a trademark, wasn’t well reeived until the
end of the XIX century, when the companies decided to commercialize
their tea in this way.
important marketing campaigns were produced and they created new
packagings, with different designs, sober or colourful, and publicity,
which helped to increase the competition and the great number of trade
marks we can observe today.
1908 Thomas Sullivan began to send little bags or “tea bags”which
in a first stage were made of silk, afterwards gauze and lastly
–like nowadays- of strained paper.
in 1960 the outter wrapping of the tea bag begun to be a fashion.
we can find wrappings and tea bags of multiple shapes and colours:
square, rounded, pyramidal, with one or two divisions, thermosealed,
with or without labels…