The United States Coffee & Tea Co. — 1911
by Paula Bosse
by Paula Bosse
Above, a photo from a 1911 ad for the United States Coffee and Tea Company, importers and roasters. The text of the ad:
The above photograph shows a recent importation of the finest green coffees grown. Weight 40.000 pounds — just forty days supply.
A tril will convince you that our fresh Coffees are superior — Five delivery wagons covering the entire city each day insures prompt service.
UNITED STATES COFFEE AND TEA COMPANY
Corner Elm and Akard Streets – Phone Main 703
The company seems to have been founded about 1908 by George W. Wilson and a very young Henry Seeligson. (Click article to see a larger image.)
According to a 1912 ad (which rather breathlessly promised: “WE ROAST COFFEE EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY”), the company was the “largest retail dealers in Coffee, Tea, Spices and Butter in the Southwest.”
The photo at the top shows their building at the northeast corner of Akard and what is now the 1600 block of Elm; a few years later they moved down Elm to the northwest corner of Elm and Ervay, just a couple of doors east from the Palace Theater, which was once threated by a fire that broke out in the bakery owned by Frank A. Carreud.
There was a surprising amount of coffee-roasting going on in Dallas in the early decades of the twentieth century. In 1922 the big boys were trying to organize a coffee spot market in Galveston, port to Brazilian coffee and West Indies spices.
And now I have an intense desire for a cup of coffee.
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