[an error occurred while processing this directive]

January 2005
Now more than a century of adventures and photographic memories from the magazine's archives are just a click away.

Great Expectorations

A spinning tabletop and strategically placed spittoons helped the U.S. Board of Tea Experts demonstrate tea tasting to Mrs. Lyonel Robinson, a New York women's club president, in 1954.

The board set federal quality and taste standards during these sippings—and subsequent spitting outs—of imported teas. Examiner Robert H. Dick (to the right of Mrs. Robinson) was only the third person to head the board after its founding in 1897. He was also the last. Steeped in expertise, Mr. Dick stayed on until 1996, when Congress abolished the tea board. "Its demise was so completely unmourned," noted a Food and Drug Administration official, that the agency received barely "a postcard" in protest.

—Margaret G. Zackowitz

January Flashback


Photograph by The New York Times

E-mail this page to a friend

Flashback Archive

© 2005 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy       Advertising Opportunities       Masthead

National Geographic Magazine Home Contact Us Forums Shop Subscribe