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Object ID 001227

Object Name Thomas J. Webb Coffee Can

Object Desc An empty can with a lid that was made by the Thomas J. Webb Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001056a-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 1920

End Year Range 1930

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords coffee,Thomas J. Webb Co.,cans,beverage,

Title Thomas J. Webb Coffee Can

Description This is an empty coffee can with lid made by the Thomas J. Webb Co. The lid has raised numbers 523, and has no color. The can is colored purple, white, orange, and gold. There are three labels. The front label says the brand of coffee in white with the purple background. It is patent by the US. On the bottom is the company name and its est. since 1883. It is on a orange background with purple words. Gold is outlining the entire can. To the right is the company guarantee of fresh coffee and can be made in all types of coffee making. It is in a square box with gold border. The left has the same color and is another guarantee that it is a superior blend and endorsed by Thomas J. Webb himself. The bottom is blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5

Circumference 16

Weight 0

Unit of Measure

Dimension Details the lid is almost .5" in height.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Thomas J. Webb Company

Maker Details It started out in 1882 as the Puhl-Webb Co. Although on the can it says "since 1883." The Puhl-Webb Co. still existed by 1919. However, the company name changed sometime between 1919 and the 1920s. Thomas J. Webb Coffee was a highly sought out coffee in Chicago and there were many ads promoting the product. The trademark expired around 1994. The company does not seem to be in existence today.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001056a-b



Date JAN 15,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some scratches around the can and a bit of paint on the front of the label. Some edge wear along the seams.


Date JAN 15,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date JAN 15,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin