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Tea box

This box of tea is a product of The Gladiator Tea and Coffee Company. This company imports and distributes, among other things, tea and coffee, cocoa powder, baking powder, and spices.

A well-known beverage to the English, tea is first consumed in Quebec in the 1780s, when the French regime changed to the English. Served hot and sweet, it clashes with the eating habits of French Canadians, but will be gradually adopted in the following decades by a larger part of the population.


Date: First half of the 20th century 

Origin: Quebec

Owner: Magasin général historique authentique 1928. Percé.


The Gladiator Tea & Coffee Company. (1926, November 26). [Newspaper advertising]. Le Progrès du Saguenay. https://numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/2616444?docsearchtext=the%20gladiator%20tea%20a

Desloges, Y. (2011). Les Québécois francophones et leur “identité” alimentaire: de Cartier à Expo 67 [Francophone Quebecers and their dietary identity: from Cartier to Expo 67]. Cuizine, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.7202/1004727ar

Illustration: Tea box