CPR Section House

CPR Section House

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Red Rose Tea Porcelain and Paper

A few Red Rose Tea figurines still hang around
our house including the precious Black Sheep.
 Red Rose Tea (owned by Brook Bond out of Montreal) teamed up with Wade Company out of Ireland to do a mutual promotion. Individual Wade Whimsies were put into tea boxes after 1967 in Canada . Many of these figurines were from Wade Sets produced from 1954-1959.

Every new box of tea brought a new miniature figure to sit with the others on the sash of the single hung window in the kitchen at the CPR section house. Of course , we never drank enough tea to collect all the pieces in any one series.

The figurines were so popular that tea sales increased . The company expanded this promotion into the United States in 1983.

 Before the Ward Whimsies however , Red Rose issued series of Tea Cards from 1959 until 1974. We were always anxious to read about each of the songbirds from the back of the card. Maybe that is where the special place in my heart for birds began...who knows. (Series 1)

There are no more Tea Cards in our house. I'm afraid porcelain out lasted paper in the hands of children.

This one reminds me of a giant Mudpuppy.
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Check around your house/ your grandmother's house for Red Rose Tea Memorabilia. It is far more collectible than you may think. Then go to the website and discover what has happened to all these free gifts that came out of the Red Rose Tea Box.


1 comment:

thepowmill said...

Wade Whimsies were so popular that the Wade Company began selling the figurines individually rather than in boxed sets only from 1971 to 1984.There must have been many part-series sitting on windows and knick knack shelves across Canada that needed completion.