2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of S.D. Bell teas and here at Best International Tea, we'd like to think that the best thing to have happened in 1887!
We are very grateful that Samuel David Bell decided to found S.D. Bell & Co, back in 1887 in Belfast, giving us his gourmet, world-class teas that we import to America today courtesy of the fourth generation of his family.
With this milestone anniversary, we got to wondering about what else occurred or started in 1887. Here are just a few of the many events and our thoughts (in italics) ...
• Jan 5: The first U.S. School of Librarianship opens at Columbia University
We are all grateful to librarians for the role they played in our education
• Jan 28: Construction of the Eiffel Tower begins in Paris
Both the Tower and the Tea have lasted 125 years, we'll let you decide which is more impressive!
• Feb 2: Groundhog Day is first observed in the US in Punxsutawney, PA
Old Punxsutawney Phil told us six more weeks of winter this year but the thermometer says different
• April 14: Legendary character Sherlock Holmes first appears in written works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
We bet Holmes and Watson would love to relax with a cuppa S.D. Bell after cracking a tough case
• June 21: Britain celebrates the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, celebrating the 50th anniversary of her reign, which lasted until 1901. Her 63 years and 7 months on the throne make her the longest-reigning British monarch and she provided over a period of great industrial, scientific and artistic success.
We imagine the Bell family celebrated Queen Victoria with a toast
• Aug 31: Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, which produces moving pictures
Movies have come a long way since 1887 but our tea has stayed a classic
• Nov 15: Painter Georgia O'Keefe is born
Her painting and S.D. Bell tea: both masterpieces!