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Object ID 001222

Object Name Wonder Coffee Can

Object Desc An empty coffee tin can with lid made by the General Foods Sales Company Inc.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001054a-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

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords coffee,Wonder brand,General Foods Sales Co.,cans,

Title Wonder Coffee Can

Description An empty cofffee tin can with lid made by General Foods Sales Company Inc. The lid is blank. The labels on the can are colored blue and yellow with navy blue for the letters. The front label in big bold words and a yellow background says wonder coffee. Scratched in at the top is Powered Sugar. At the bottom it states the company name and location. The right label is on the blue background. The words are the company guarantee. On the bottom it has an image of a farmer and oxen with a wagon hauling coffee beans. The net weight is two pounds 908 grams. The left side has the same background and image. The only difference is the statement about it being vaccum packed and by the general foods corp. the bottom is blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5

Circumference 15.75

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details .25 in height for the lid.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker General Foods Sales Company Inc

Maker Details According to The Spokesman-Review - Aug 2, 1929, General Foods Sales Company, Inc. was formed in July 1929 in an effort to reorganize several subsidiary distributing companies that were holdings of General Foods Corporation. General Foods Sales Company, Inc took over Post Products Company Inc., Baker Associated Companies, Inc., Hellman Products Company, Inc., Calumet-Certo Company, Inc., and La France Manufacturing Company, Inc. The name General Foods was adopted in 1929, after several corporate acquisitions. In November 1985, General Foods was acquired by Philip Morris Companies (now Altria Group, Inc.) for $5.6 billion, the largest non-oil acquisition to that time. In December 1988, Philip Morris acquired Kraft, Inc., and, in 1990, combined the two food companies as Kraft General Foods (KGF). "General Foods" was dropped from the corporate name in 1995 and now exists only as part of a brand name for a flavored coffee-based beverage, General Foods International.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001054a-b



Date JAN 14,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The can is tarnished and has many scratches. Also, someone wrote "powered sugar" on the can.