The Sri Lankan tea industry grew from 250 acres under cultivation in 1876 to almost 400,000 acres in 1900.8 Some 150 million tonnes of tea were produced in 1900 worth 50 million rupees, half of Ceylon’s total exports.
Postcards of the tea industry were popular in the early 20th century and helped spread consumption of the product grown in northeast and South India and Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. Women and children often picked the tea leaves, and this worker, likely from
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