Back in 1945, when the Bigelow Tea company first started, Ruth Bigelow and the family could only afford a single-color label for her tea. To help spruce up the package, David Jr. and David Sr. would sit together each night, hand-painting the two ladies on the original label. Each morning, they would put the tea into the family station wagon and sell it store by store. One night, David Sr. turned to David Jr. and said “Son, don't tell your mother, but I don't think this company is ever going anywhere.” Almost 70 years later, David Jr. still smiles at the memory and is grateful that his father was mistaken. Today, Bigelow Tea is the specialty tea leader in the U.S. Those hand painted labels must have been pretty darn effective!