|Afternoon tea in New York business houses is not desired, and if it were, it’s introduction would be impossible. We are all hard at work at the British tea time, except our few men of leisure who are frequently hard put to find playmates.– 1912|
Whoever suggested the adoption and our embracing of the English custom of 4:00 tea in business offices deserves rebuke. No New Yorkers, no Americans in this degree of latitude or here about, need to stop work and the busiest hours of the day to drink tea. If we are wise, we breakfast lightly, lunch moderately and briefly, and in the evening, dine intelligently and without excess. We need nothing more to eat.
The London atmosphere is oppressive. Along in the afternoon one who is working there feels the need of some sort of stimulative substance, and tea is better than whiskey and soda. Sensible Americans, we like to think, have got over the habit of drinking whiskey in the daytime, most Americans drink very little at any time. The increased internal revenue receipts indicate the larger wealth of the vastly increased population.
Afternoon tea in New York business houses is not desired, and if it were, it’s introduction would be impossible. We are all hard at work at the British tea time, except our few men of leisure who are frequently hard put to find playmates. If we like, we take it at breakfast instead of coffee. It is a good substitute, but probably the American who uses either or both very moderately is wise.
We may continue to ape the British fashions in men's dress, but let us avoid the British custom of mixing up tea and business. “Concentration” for the few hours of the working day, as one of our readers declared in a letter printed in this page yesterday, is essential. The lunch “hour” takes an hour and a half of the day. The tea would take another hour. We're not rich enough yet for that sort of wastefulness. — The New York Times, 1912
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