Object ID 001194
Object Name Hills Bros. Coffee Can
Object Desc Large empty coffee can with lid made by the Hills Brothers. Can is colored, red, white, black and gold.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001022a-b
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords coffee,cans,Hills Bros. Coffee,Hills Bros.,beverages,
Title Hills Bros. Coffee Can
Description Large empty metal can with lid. The lid is white and red. Can is printed with directions for use. The front and the back of the can label are the same. It has an image of a middle eastern man drinking coffee. It says in bold white words Hills Bros. Coffee. In black words on the red background it is the red can brand and original vaccum pack. It has a 1939 copyright on the bottom of the front label. Lid lists all the different methods you can make this coffee.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, stumbles 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 11,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes Some edgewear and some scratches.