Object ID 001185
Object Name Hills Bros. Coffee Can
Object Desc Large empty coffee can with lid made by the Hills Bros. Can is colored, red, white, black and gold.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001018a-b
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
Object Date 1939
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Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords coffee,cans,Hills Bros. Coffee,beverages,
Title Hills Bros. Coffee Can
Description Large empty metal coffee can with lid. The lid is colored white and red. It states it can be used for drip, glass maker, percolator, or pot. The front and the back of the can label are the same. Can has an image of a middle eastern man drinking coffee. It says in bold white words Hills Bros. Coffee. 1939 copyright on the bottom of the front label. To the left of the front label are the directions to make the coffee in all the different forms that are listed on the lid. To the right of the front label written vertical words is the Hills Bros. Coffee, Inc. the addess and established in 1878. Next to that is the guarentee that it is one of the best coffees to make. the bottom of the can has some raised numbers. The entire label has a red background with white, gold, and black used as outlines.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details The lid is .5 inches in height.
Place of Origin
Maker Hills Bros. Coffee
Maker Details Hill Bros. was established in 1878. In 1900 R.W. Hills, a very passionate tinkerer, stumbled upon a process that removes air from coffee packaging- resulting in fresher beans. Known as 'vacuum-packing', R.W.'s discovery is the most widely used packaging method to this day. In 1906 A young artist named Briggs offers to create a company trademark. His design, the 'taster', inspired by the coffee's Ethiopian origin, is welcomed by Austin and R.W. A life-size statue is still present at the Hills Bros. San Francisco building. 1914 The Red Can Brand of Hills Bros. Coffee is introduced. Since 1985 Hills Bros. Coffee has been bought by Nestle, Sara Lee, and Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA purchases Hills Bros. in 2005.
Date JAN 10,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes The can has some edgewear along the seams.