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This article appeared in three parts in the newsgroup, rec.gardens.roses. It's commonly thought that the first Hybrid Tea is 'La France'. Dickerson presents information which strongly suggests that is incorrect and possibly earlier roses like Jean-Pierre Vibert's 'Elise Masson' might be better candidates for that honor. For more information about this piece, as well as other articles and books that Brent Dickerson has written, please visit the author's web site.