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Historic East Anglia Tea Cards

F. Lamberts is primarily known as British tea merchants, tobacconists and confectioners. We are interested in issues of tea cards. This set was issued with Lambert & Son's tea in 1961. This is an attractive set containing color pictures of wonderful old buildings in the East Anglia region. These include Thurne Mill on the Norfolk Broads, a market scene at Sudbury showing some of the 15th century buildings, Framlingham Castle, the Customs House at Kings Lynn, the Abbey Gate at Bury St. Edmunds, the Queen's residence at Sandringham, the 'Pedlar's Seat" at Swaffham, Market Cross at Wymondham, the east window at Walsingham Priory, Pulls Ferry in Norwich, Beccles, the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea, Flatford Mill which was famously painted by John Constable, the Abbey Gate at Colchester, Sparrow's House in Ipswich, the impressive Guildhall at Lavenham, and King's College Bridge at Cambridge. The back side has plenty of interesting information making this a fine set for my collection or yours.

The series consisted of 25 cards and was issued in 1961. Card size is 68 x 36mm. Since the product was primarily loose tea, it is not known how the cards were distributed to the customers. Tea tins have survived but I am unaware of any boxes like we would find on the bagged teas. If you know how they distributed the tea cards, please reach out and let me know so we all can know.

In other cases we can collect an album, coupons, ads and more. In this case, I have yet to find any of that for this series although albums exist for other Lambert series. If you have pics showing any of the above, please reach out and we will post it here. Until then, we have to assume that all we have to collect are the cards and perhaps an album or maybe a tin.

What do the cards look like?

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Samples of Historic East Anglia Set

Here are some of the 25 cards from the set. They individually measure 36 x 68 mm. The card number and the name of each scene is indicated on the card back along with the details of the view. At the bottom of the cards it says that it is "Issued with T.V.T.   B.O.P.  Special & Blue Blends  Ceylon & Fen Blends". It finishes with Lamberts Of Norwich, Tea Specialists. The cards are written in English only. You might be curious what "B. O. P." means. Me too. I saw on a wrapper that it stands for Broken, Orange, and Pekoe. Still not resolved in your mind? Mine either.

Do you have a picture of the album?

I'm afraid I have no images of an album but I still believe they exist. Why? Because I have seen Lambert albums for two of the other series. For now, we await someone to grace us with a picture.

I wonder what the box looks like?

We all wonder... because the tea was (mostly) sold loose. I have seen tins, like the one shown below, but no boxes. Make sure you check out the inside lid. You can tell this held the loose stuff.

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Tea Tin
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Historic East Anglea Card Checklist

Need to know the titles of all 25 cards? No problem! Here they are in a neat sortable list. There is a scan of each as well, just click the links to the card pictures. Enjoy!

This set and the rest of the Lamberts are simple to collect in that you go for the cards and maybe an album... and a tin if you wish. There is nothing else that I am aware to collect.

Historic East Anglea - Cards Issued

Card Number Card Description
1 Thurne Mill  
2 Sudbury  
3 Framlingham Castle  
4 Customs House, King's Lynn  
5 Holywells Park, Ipswich  
6 The Abbey Gate, Bury St. Edmunds  
7 Sandringham House  
8 The Pedlar of Swaffham  
9 Market Cross, Wymondham  
10 South Gate, King's Lynn  
11 East Window, Walsingham Priory  
12 Priors Lodging, Castle Acre  
13 Oxburgh Hall  
14 Pulls Ferry, Norwich  
15 Beccles  
16 Horstead Mill  
17 Elm Hill, Norwich  
18 Wells Harbour  
19 Kersey  
20 Flatford Mill  
21 The Abbey Gate, Colchester  
22 Ancient House, Ipswich  
23 The Guildhall, Lavenham  
24 King's College Bridge  
25 Old Coach House, Colchester  

Collect the 25 cards and you have the Historic East Anglia set covered. OK, throw in an album or a tin. The set is an interesting British collectable.

Last modified: May 12, 2023

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