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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:53 PM

Harms Man or Helms Man -- did you have a bakery truck in your neighborhood?

We had the Helms Man. He came around the neighborhood like the ice cream man. He had long, skinny, flat drawers in his truck and they held a magical thing: donuts! Donuts were always better from the Helms Man. I got a jelly donut.

I'm sure he carried bread and all sorts of things, but I only remember the donuts.

Did your neighborhood have a bakery truck?

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Reply Harms Man or Helms Man -- did you have a bakery truck in your neighborhood? (Original post)
Bertha Venation Jun 2013 OP
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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:19 PM

1. No,...

We had the Safeway Bakery Factory in ours. Always fresh bread or cookies in the air!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:21 PM

2. Oh ma! It's the Omar man!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:07 AM

3. We had the Helms Man too.

He used to sell cigarettes to the older kids when I was in 5th grade.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:59 AM

4. You betcha

How awesome it would be to have such a truck driving around nowadays with fresh baked goods.

And i only remember the donuts too.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 01:06 AM

5. We had one but naturally my mother wouldn't buy the stuff

 

they had the white bread all kids wanted and donuts ,I can smell them now......

GIVE ME A DONUT !!!!!!!!!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 01:25 AM

6. Yes when I was a child

down there in Fullerton and what a treat it could be especially when mom bought us those crumb donuts too! We'd hear him approach because he'd honk twice after each stop. I remember two years in a row my mom ordered my birthday cake from the Helms man (he was really nice, an older man, I recall him now!) and it would arrive on my birthday, fresh and with a toy race car on the top!

Seems like a lot people remember them...

http://www.octhen.com/2009/06/remembering-helms-bakery-trucks.html

I also think it'd be a good idea to have bakery trucks still.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 01:55 AM

7. Colonial Bread

Early fifties panel van. It was a magical truck because I remember the drawers were longer then the truck. Donut drawer was lower right, and my poison, glazed donuts, were WAY in the back. Four cents each!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 02:01 AM

8. The Helms Man.

I think we had a card or placard we put in the kitchen window to let him know we wanted him to stop.

Best donuts ever. I cannot be convinced otherwise.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 02:17 AM

9. never heard of this before

it sounds wonderful.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 10:40 AM

10. We had everything but

the bread man.

We had the milkman, the Fuller Brush Man, the garbage men, the ice cream man, and the rag/junk man.

But no bread man



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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 11:22 AM

11. I've started to think this might be a good idea

to start up with again.

The only change I'd make in addition to really fresh sandwich bread is the addition of really good Italian bread, French baguettes, croissants.

This would make sandwiches in brown bag lunches so much better, along with the jam and fresh croissant in the morning.

Of course, on the downside, it would also mean an extra 15 to 20 pounds.

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