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Our Beauty : Extra Choicest : Basket Fired : Japan Tea : Imported by : El Reno Wholesale Grocery Co. : El Reno, Okla.


  • PUBLISHER: No publishers name given but likely George Macy & Co.

  • MEDIUM: Color woodcut,

    DATE: undated c.1900.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size, 7 1/2 x 7 1/16" (190 x 180 mm)

  • DESCRIPTION: An unusual and highly decorative tea advertising label. This woodcut color was produced by George H. Macy & Co. for the El Reno Wholesale Grocery Co. G.H. Macy & Co was a major tea importing firm that was based in New York with offices in London, Chicago, San Francisco, and across Asia in just about every country where tea was cultivated. They had tea-processing facilities in Yokohama and Kobe Japan and in Shanghai, Hankow, and Amoy, China. In 1886, Carter, Macy & Co. was organized and in 1894, George H. Macy & Co. took over. It is our belief that Macy had these labels printed in Japan between 1900 and 1910 for their buyers. This label was part of a small grouping that we acquired. All were woodcuts and were printed on thin Japanese rice paper. Several of them had George Macy & Co. printed on them which lead us to the belief that Macy was the chief publisher. Each is possibly unique as being printed on thin rice paper and an ink that is highly susceptible to water; they are extremely fragile which likely explains the rarity.


  • CONDITION: Good condition and color


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