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Re: Noe Valley "Lipton Tea" houses

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Posted by Patrick Monk.RN on Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 13:24:43 :

In Reply to: Re: Noe Valley "Lipton Tea" houses posted by Pamela Storm on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 22:00:32 :

This is probably a little late for your research but just stumbled on your post while researching some other Noe Valley stuff. Have lived in NV over 30 years but originally from England where, as you may already know, "Liptons" tea was, maybe still is, one of the major brands sold. Maybe back in the day there was a bunch of thirsty brit expatriates in the hood who missed their daily "cuppas" and local merchants stocked it for them. By the way tea should be drunk with milk (especially 'evaporated' -Nestles if I recall)and sugar.
Jolly good luck old chap.
Patrick Monk.RN. Noe Valley.

: Hi Richard,

: You have a great site, and I've enjoyed several of your radio shows.
Probably a little late for your research
: I know of one Lipton and/or MJB sign still in existence at the northwest corner of Sanchez and 30th Streets. It's a private residence now, but in the 1960's and '70's is was "Connie's Market", a neighborhood grocery store. The sign is on a glass panel right above the front door.

: The Noe Valley Library is closed for renovation right now, so no help there. They have a small neighborhood archive with some nice material, and a good clipping/vertical file as well, but I imagine they're in storage for the time being. Maybe the Main Library can tell you if any of the Noe Valley materials are accessible at all. Also, if you haven't already, you might try contacting the Noe Valley Voice, a cool neighborhood newspaper to see if they might have anything on the subject: http://www.noevalleyvoice.com/feedback.shtml
: or 1021 Sanchez St, 94114.

: Good luck with the search!
: Pam

: : I'm an amateur historian doing a weekly internet radio show focused on San Francisco history -- www.sparkletack.com

: : Recently a listener emailed me, wondering about the half dozen or so buildings in the Noe Valley neighborhood which have "Lipton Tea" (and occasionally "MJB") appearing in large white letters on windows above their doorways.

: : It seems to me that they may be remnants of old advertising signs distributed to local markets. (I've written to Lipton abut this, but thus far no response.)

: : Is my assumption correct, and if so, any idea during what years such an advertising campaign might have been undertaken?

: : Thanks...

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