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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

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Coffee/Tea


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date 1939

Start Year Range

End Year Range

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.


Approx Collection Date

Height 7

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5

Circumference 15.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The lid is .5 inches in height.

Quantity 1



Site Details

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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001018a-b



Date JAN 10,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The can has some edgewear along the seams.