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Object ID 001213

Object Name Hills Bros. Coffee Can

Object Desc An empty coffee can with lid that used to contain coffee made by the Hills Bros. Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001050a-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

Start Year Range 1922

End Year Range 1936

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords coffee,cans,Hills Bros. Coffee,beverages,

Title Hills Bros. Coffee Can

Description Large empty tin can with lid. The lid is gray. 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 is patent and trademark. It has a 1922-32-36 copyright on the bottom of the front label. To the left of the front label is the To the left of the front label is the brand guarantee by the company in a biege rectangle box with a gold and black outline. To the right of the front label written vertical words is the Hills Bros. Coffee, Inc. the addess and established in 1878. The bottom of the can has raised letters and 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 15.75

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details .5 inch for the height of the lid.

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, 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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001050a-b



Date JAN 14,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some edge wear and rust on the can.


Date JAN 14,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 14,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin