J. C. Higgins, Championship
J. C. Higgins, Sears Roebuck and Co., Championship
metal can from 1950s with 3 white J. C. Higgins tennis ball(s)
of Durable 100% Wool construction.
This particular 'Type 5 - United States Domed Top Can' item is uncommon.
mCat 18.104.22.168 Photo(s) courtesy of Brad McCall
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Blue and white can. “J. C. Higgins” “TENNIS BALLS” in white text at top. There is a blue “3” in a small white rectangle. White tennis ball at bottom of can reads “Championship J. C. Higgins 100% Wool Sears, Roebuck and Co.”. White text under the tennis ball states “Approved By The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association”. Left side of can reads “Durable Cover Perfect Balance”. Right side reads “True Bouncing Lively Action”. Bottom of can text states “J.C. Higgins Sporting Goods are sold only by Sears, Roebuck and Co.”
Interesting Facts: The brand name, J. C. Higgins, was based on a real person, John Higgins who was a Sears employee. He moved from his birth country of Ireland to the United States in his late teens and began working for Sears in 1898. He spent his entire working career with Sears and was Vice President for the company for a period of time. He was actually born with no middle name but the Sears Co. presented the idea of labeling their sporting good line with his name and saw it more presentable labeling the brand as J.C. Higgins.