Fond Memories of Helm's Bakery Trucks

I was surfing through the Internet and remembered Helm's Bakery from my early days in Southern California. I remember their trucks. My experience with them was in the late 50's and early 60's and the truck on top was very familiar to me. At that time they were using the Chevy Suburban panel and they had some very fine wood drawers in the back. When they would stop and open those drawers it was like opening a well made jewerly drawer. They were just beautiful and looked so high in quality and workmanship. And, the smell of the breads and other goodies was tremendous.

They would slowly cruise through our neighborhood and blow this wonderful sounding whistle and we would come out and buy whatever mom told us to get. They had exotic things as well--at least, they were exotic to us. It was a wonderful experience. Helm's was quite a distance away from us in San Gabriel Valley, so it was quite an operation to send trucks all over Southern California like that. Can you imagine doing something like that in today's world? They had some sweet trucks!

Here's a link to some history from Wikipedia: Helm's Bakery.


Terri said...

Awwwwww.. Made me think of our days in Baldwin Park at Grandpa's house. And the smell when he opened up his truck.. Thank you for the memories..

Unknown said...

I stayed home from school one day in1950 Compton, California just so I could buy Helm's wonderful cream puffs! Yes, there is such a thing as 'the good old days'. sigh