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Object ID 001475

Object Name Champion Coffee can

Object Desc Round, metal coffee can with lid. Painted label on sides, red. Logo with rooster on two sides.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001897a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Coffee/Tea


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 11

Object Date

Start Year Range 1920s

End Year Range 1950s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords coffee,Champion (brand),beverages,Joannes Brothers Company,cans,tins,Champion Coffee,

Title Champion Coffee can

Description Round, metal coffee can with lid. A- Can is cylinder. Red label around sides. On two sides logo with rooster, "Champion Brand Coffee". Text at bottom, "Vacuum Packed .... Thermalo Roasted / Jannes Brothers Company, Distributors, Green Bay, Wisconsin". On left side of can there is cream colored box with description of product. On bottom of can there is embossed text, "This Can Covered by U.S. and Foreign Patent". Manufacturer mark "General Can Co. Chicago" at center. B- Lid is stuck and cannot be removed. Lid is metal with embossed features on top. Has key shaped indent on top with text, "Pry Off Lid / Vacuum Packed".


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5.25

Circumference 16.25

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details with lid

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Joannes Brothers Company

Maker Details

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1897a-b



Date FEB 14,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Lid cannot be removed from can. A- Edges are tarnished at top. Loss of label on front at lower edge near "C" in Coffee". Light scratches and wear in label. On left side there is discoloration, looks like marks from liquid. On back there is loss of label by the "C" in Coffee". Bottom of can has scratches. Edges are worn and tarnished. Marks from liquid across bottom with spotted discoloration to metal. B- Lid is tarnished on edges. Light scratches across surface. At center there is accretions from cellophane tape. "Key" that was used to open the can is missing. At right edge the lid is curved upward, most likely from opening the can.


Date FEB 14,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 11 from Room 4, Shelf 1 - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 14,2014

Notes In 1871, five Joannes Brothers founded the Joannes Brothers Company in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The business began with a small retail location, but by 1873 expanded to wholesale. Other brands from the company included Martha Washington, Varsity and Sunset Club. In the 1950s, it was still one of the largest Wisconsin wholesalers and also opened supermarkets.