I just realized how to search the archives of the Life Magazine photos at Google Images. Just go to Google Images (not the main Google search box) and paste the following:
china tea source:life
This will bring up photos tagged both "china" and "tea". You can do the same for Japan or just drop the country, etc. There are some very interesting old photos. Enjoy!
For general/other topics related to tea.
Thanks, TokyoB! Great photos!
Thank for the tip. Neat stuff.