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Object ID 001221

Object Name Troxa Coffee Can

Object Desc An empty can with lid that used to contain coffee made by the Jewel Tea Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001053

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

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End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords coffee,Jewel Tea Company,Troxa Coffee,cans,beverages,

Title Troxa Coffee Can

Description An empty coffee can with a stuck lid that was made by the Jewel Tea Company. The lid and the can are different, but they are from the same company. It says in white and blue Regular Grind Mary Dunbar Coffee A super blend of the worlds finest coffee. The front label of the coffee can is color in orange and brown squares. In white letters it says "Troxa" Coffee. An image of a coffee cup is in the middle of the two words. In small black writing it says it's the flavor in your cup that counts. The back label is also orange and brown. The label explains four different ways to make the coffee with images. There is the Drip, Glass Vaccum, Coffee Pot, or Percola methods. Below it has the net weight of 1 lb. and the manufacturer the Jewel Tea Company inc, Chicago IL. The bottom is blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5

Circumference 16

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details .25 inches in height for the lid.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Jewel Tea Company

Maker Details In 1899, Frank Vernon Skiff founded Jewel in Chicago, Illinois, as a door-to-door coffee delivery service. In 1902, Skiff partnered with Frank P. Ross, renaming the venture the Jewel Tea Company. In 1929, the company built a new office, warehouse, and coffee roasting facility in suburban Barrington, Illinois, creating hundreds of local jobs despite the Great Depression. In 1934, Jewel Food Stores merged with Jewel Tea Company. In 1957, Jewel acquired Eisner Food Stores, located in downstate Illinois and west central Indiana and in 1981, the Eisner stores were converted to the Jewel name. Also in 1981, Jewel sold its home-shopping service, which now operates under the name "J.T.'s General Store". Today the company is know as Jewel-Osco. Mary Dunbar was a name used for the director of the Jewel Homemakersí Institute. The institute was organized in 1924 with Mrs. Mary Hartson as director which is the name used on the lid of the can.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001053



Date JAN 14,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The cover is a bit rusted and stuck. There are stains and edgewear around the can and some scratches as well.