Wilkins Coffee: Just Wonderful!

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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  • Guest

    Any idea where this was located?

    • http://ghostsofdc.org/ Ghosts of DC

      I believe it was 525 Rhode Island Ave. NE

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.collins.7773 Mark Collins

    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!

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