Gebhardt Mexican Food Company Photos Online
by Shannon Keith, Library Assistant
In 1896, former restaurant owner Willie Gebhardt moved to San Antonio and established the Eagle Brand Chili Powder Company. The company, by then known as Gebhardt Chili Powder Company, acquired a meat license in 1911 and began producing a variety of canned Tex-Mex foods including chili and tamales. For decades, the Gebhardt Company and its plant was a San Antonio institution.
UTSA Libraries Special Collections acquired the records of the Gebhardt Company in 1989, and is currently scanning them and making them available through our digital portal. This week, we uploaded over 100 photographs from the records advertisements and photographs of workers in the Gebhardt plant. Below is a selection of these photographs. You may access the entire digital collection at digital.utsa.edu.