Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Hills Brothers Coffee

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23 comments:

Robert Geiss said...

A beautiful sculpture indeed. Reminds one of the origins of ancient coffee. Please have a good Wednesday.

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Photo Cache said...

let me hazard a guess, san francisco?

AVCr8teur said...

Robert & Photo Cache: You are both right! This Hills Bros. coffee logo was designed in 1900 by a local San Francisco sculptor by the name of Spero Anargyros. This trademark appeared on Hills Bros. (Austin & Reuben Hills) vacuum-packed coffee cans. This statue is currently standing in Hills Plaza in San Francisco. Here is a link to the company's history.

caite said...

San Fran...did not know that.
Lovely sculpture

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

How interesting, I think of Arabs sipping tiny demitasse type cups of rich coffee rather than quaffing down a quart of the stuff :) Wonder if that's a coffee flower embroidered on his caftan :)

betchai said...

very interesting, and love the up close picture of the sculpture as well.

Jackie said...

All of this is very interesting. I use to drink Hills Brothers coffee all the time.

It's pretty good and this sculpture is really cool!

Thanks for sharing the information!
http://expressionsneeded.blogspot.com/2013/01/wordless-wednesday-reflecting.html

Happy WW! :-)

Louis la Vache said...

"Good to the last drop" was their slogan.

Indrani Ghose said...

This is interesting.

Stan at NewToReno.com said...

That guy is really enjoying his cup of Joe.

Curiosa Kat said...

Beautiful sculpture and very interesting, too... Great shot (love the second shot)!

llandudnopictures said...

Two great captures of a wonderfully lifelike sculpture.

toemail said...

Nice!

Nina Bille said...

I like the change in perspectives - creative!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

While my friend Spero was born in 1915 he was not the designer. The original designer was a San Franciscan named Briggs in honor of vacumn packaging. Spero Anargyros did the sculpture in 1992 when the building underwent restoration.

I am so glad that you captured the "Drinking Man" He is one of my favorites of all Spero's work and sits in a delightful little courtyard.

colleen said...

He looks like he's made out of chocolate ... or coffee!

LONDONLULU said...

I've never seen such an elaborate sculpture for a coffee place - it's wonderful! Makes me a bit thirsty:) And such a history to boot.

AVCr8teur said...

Thank you everyone for visiting and commenting. I, too, really liked the statue because it reminded me of my childhood when Hills Bros had this trademark on their coffee cans. I have not drank this brand of coffee for decades and totally forgot about this unique logo.

ArtandArtchitecture-SF: Thank you for the update. The plaque below the statue was not as detailed.

catsynth said...

I go by the Hills Brothers building fairly often. :)

ester said...

Great finds! Visiting late for WW. Hope you'd find time to visit my WW entry.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great sculpture!

Arti said...

A wonderful sculpture to Welcome you! Superb capture. Have a lovely day :)

Emm in London said...

Wow, what a lovely sculpture! I love that you can see the flow of the man's garments so closely.