Because I love to research old department stores, I've tried to collect cookbooks from as many of them as possible. "Lord & Taylor's Every-Day Cook Book" was printed for the store's 150th anniversary in 1976 and is a reprint of the book first issued in the 1860s. The cover feels like flocked velvet, which I suppose someone thought was a good idea, but this is certainly not practical for those who use the book while cooking! Still, it's fun to see what the store's customers were eating and drinking years ago.
I was especially intrigued to come across these directions for making tea. A gill, by the way, is about four ounces of water. And below, you'll find the book's directions for iced tea, which "may be prepared from either green or black alone, but it is considered an improvement to mix the two." Now that iced tea season has arrived at my house, I may just have to try this and see if I agree!