National Geographic : 2005 Jan
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback CAFFEINE 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 WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE You can access the Flash back photo archives and send electronic greeting cards at nationalgeographic .com/magazine/0501. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688 $34.00AYEARFORU.S.DELIVERY. $6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING) INCANADA, AGREEMENT NUMBER 40063649,RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX4412 STNA,TORONTO. ONTARIO M5W3W2.UNITED KINGDOM NEWSSTAND COVERPRICE£3.60 PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON. DC.ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. POBOX63002 TAMPA, FL33663-3002 MEMBERS: IFTHE POSTAL SERVICE ALERTS USTHATYOUR MAGAZINE ISUNDEUVERABLE. WEHAVE NOFURTHER OBLIGATION UNLESS WERECEIVE A CORRECTED ADDRESS WITHIN TWOYEARS.