Blanke's Defy Coffee Tin, C. F. Blanke Coffee Co., St. Louis, MO

This is a very unusual Defy Coffee brand tin made for The C. F. Blanke Coffee, Tea & Spice Company based in St. Louis, MO, circa 1910. While the company was initially based only in St. Louis, they later expanded to Chicago, Dallas, New York City, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Missouri.   This Defy coffee tin has a cover on the top and looks like it is a milk can in shape and design. The Blanke Coffee Company was also known for their Saratoga, Fancy, Town Talk, and Happy Thought brands which were big sellers for them. The C.F. Blanke Company was a main advertiser during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. The promotional ads during the fair helped propel their coffee business nationwide