Robert DeNiro’s 1920s Twin Worked at Wilkins Coffee

Wow! What an amazing colorized photo. This shows a Wilkins Coffee truck being loaded on location, somewhere on the 500 block of Rhode Island Ave. NE. Click on it to take a closer look at the guy. He looks just like Robert DeNiro. Creepy.

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Ford Motor Co. truck, John H. Wilkins Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Shorpy)
Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “Ford Motor Co. truck, John H. Wilkins Co.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Shorpy)

I think this certainly warrants further investigation to learn more about Wilkins Coffee.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Guest

    Any idea where this was located?

    • I believe it was 525 Rhode Island Ave. NE

      • Jim McLaughlin

        525 Rhode Island Ave, NE is correct – just west of the present Rhode Island Metro station. During the 60’s and 70’s I worked at a warehouse near the Wilkins plant and every morning the entire neighborhood smelled of roasting coffee. Mr. Wilkins also owned a large farm in Remington, VA called Chestnut Farms. His friend, Mr. Winthrop Rockefeller, who was then developing Williamsburg into a modern tourist attraction, sent a crew to Chestnut Farms to plant imported Chestnut trees around a 1/4 mile circular driveway. The trees are still there and put out a huge crop edible chestnuts every autumn.

  • Does anyone know what happen to Wilkins coffee? It was great. I last saw it in local Safeway stores in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Like the new system and layout. I’m guessing it is new since I don’t remember it a few days ago?

    • Paul R. Benner

      Halco Products purchased Wilkins in 1974. The Wilkins Division Of Halco was sold again in 1983.
      During my 32 years association with Wilkins, twelve years as President/CO, I witnessed many memorable
      events, such as Jim Henson’s Muppets. The circa 1925 delivery Ford truck pictured with the add “Just
      Wonderful” is priceless.

  • BRH

    Wilkins Coffee and early Kermit.

  • Old me

    Love the old fashioned emergency brake. Still see them used even now – once in awhile. Can also use it to open windows real fast!
    Neat pic!