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February 24, 2010

Remember When

Toot! Toot! Not like a regular car horn, this sound attracted the neighbors from several houses away. Children ran and got to the van before the driver could come to a complete stop. The adults who were home were slow to arrive as the doors were thrown open on the rear of the van.

Oooh! The children squeezed in closer to get a look. The driver pulled out the first drawer. The aroma was so tantalizing some of the children were dizzy. Not many people had enough money to purchase the wares. It was enough to see and smell the delights.

These were poor people living in rural areas. For some, walking was their only transportation. The truck brought doughnuts, cupcakes, birthday cakes bread and rolls to the neighborhood. Oh, the lucky ones who were tasting the bakery delights that night!

29 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i want them to visit my house...how cool is that!

willow said...

Yum. Is this the Swan man? I want one of those cool vans with the wood trim!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

LOVE it! I'm with Brian, come to my house!!!

Debbie said...

I've never heard of a baked goods traveling van! Sounds good to me.

secret agent woman said...

I have never heard of a donut/cake truck. I rememeber with fondness ice cream trucks and snow cone trucks. And, in Hawaii, saimin (ramen) trucks and shaved ice trucks.

Beth said...

I remember the Charles chip man coming out to my grandparents to refill the tin chip can. It was like winning the lottery!

Lou said...

OMG, this is before my time! But what a cool idea.

Ronda Laveen said...

We didn't have these in my area. Love the van though. You know how I like cool vehicles.

Margie said...

We never had anything as awesome as that when I grew up!
Yummies for tummies!
I would have had liked that!

Thank you for sharing, TechoBabe and have a great evening!
Dinner time here, I'm cooking salmon, one of my favorites!
And, maybe I'll be nice and give hubby a doughnut for dessert.
But wait I have no doughnuts in the house and do not intend to go out again so I guess he will have to go without, poor guy! LOL!

Margie :)

Cheryl said...

I've never seen such a thing. But I would love to for sure. Ah, to smell fresh-baked goods, nothing better.

Jeanie said...

How exciting that would be! Didn't have that where I grew up. I would have been on the run to queue up to view that tantalizing array and would be even today. Hey, I got excited when the Fuller Brush man knocked on the door.

Sarah said...

Oh Oh my....I so want this truck to come by my house everyday forever...ok maybe not..but seriously..I can smell the bake goods..I can...What a wonderful idea!!
We had Charles Chips too..loved that!!
Thank you hon..for all of your sweet words..it meant so much to me..thank you! Love, Sarah

English Rider said...

We were visited by the vegetable man and the butcher as well in both England and Holland. My Mother could never remember the Dutch word for oranges and we ended up with a lot of onions, which must sound similar. Our country village butcher Mr. Olds, "grew" cows of his own. The beef was very fresh and good. I hadn't thought of any of this for a few decades. Thanks for the reminder.

Shadowthorne said...

Owh how delightful. :)

Enchanted Oak said...

Doughnuts delivered! Wow, we never had that in my neighborhood. Just the ice-cream guy with his annoying musak.

♥ Braja said...

I ran away with the baker when I was 3. I did.

Shadow said...

we never had these.... not fair!

Shanel said...

I'm thinking I was born at the wring time... that van is so COOL.... love this post...

TechnoBabe said...

Brian, the trucks that came to the rural area in southern CA where I grew up are no longer in service. I would like a truck like that here in rural NE today.

Hi Willow. The ones who came to our area were Helms. Yeah I loved the wood trim too.

AFNM: There were some good things way back in the old days! Smile.

Hi Debbie, I don't know about the rest of the country, but where I grew up these vans were everywhere.

secret agent woman, I don't remember ice cream trucks out in the country area not until we moved one time to a town. A ramin truck would be great!

Beth, I never heard of Charles Chip till I was grown and working in an office. The Charles Chip guy was the highlight of the month at that office.

Lou, see, everybody likes the idea. I wonder why there aren't trucks like this anymore. Maybe too much paperwork and fees to make it cost effective.

Hi Ronda, I knew you would like the van!!

Hello Margie, See, if there were a bakery truck in your area you would always have dessert for your hubby.

Cheryl, you get it girl! When they pulled out those long drawers the aroma wafted up into the nostrils of all the kids and adults looking and longing. It was awesome!

Jeanie, I remember Fuller Brush man too. Back then there were so many photography people coming to the houses and would set up and take photos.

Sarah, you are always making me hungry in your posts with all the scrumptious things on the menu for the day!

English Rider, I would have so disappointed to not get oranges they are my favorite. Onions are great too but love my oranges!
I can't imagine the butcher making house calls. That kind of service is long gone for the ordinary folk.

Shadowthorne, I know you like sweets.

Enchanted Oak, sorry you missed the bakery van rural life. It did cause a stir in the country areas when those trucks visited.

Braja, I do want to hear the story of you running away with the baker at age 3. That can be a post soon??

Shadow, sorry you too did not have these trucks when you were growing up. To tell you the truth, I thought the bakery trucks were something everyone would have had in their lives. Silly me.

DJan said...

TechnoBabe, you are racking up the followers, well deserved too, I must say. I also have never seen one of these. The only one I've ever seen is an ice cream truck. Thanks for sharing this!

Kathy M. said...

Yum!!

Ina in Alaska said...

I am eating my breakfast yogurt while viewing this wonderful post. How wonderful! Brought back to me memories of Mr. Dugan, who delivered baked goods to our house from an old truck when I was a child. Susie Qs, Devil Dogs, Ring Dings. Somehow they don't taste the same when they are store bought...

Also reminded me of the corner grocery store from my childhood neighborhood. My mom would phone in her order to the owner's wife and later, the food would be delivered. the butcher would always give me a slice of cheese when my mom sent me to pick up some meat. Ah, memories...

Julie said...

That picture is so cool. I would love to have that van. The story is great, too. I can smell those goodies right now!

just jill said...

How sweet!

The only thing that came through our neighborhood was the ice cream truck.

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I've never seen anything like that! What a cool idea!

I might have to buy a van.

Hugs!!

TechnoBabe said...

DJan, this goes to show my young world was narrow. I thought bakery vans were everywhere! Hah. Now I see so many people did not have these in their neighborhoods.

Kathy, are you a doughnut person? They had every kind of donut and they had cupcakes and cakes and danish.

Ina, you remember delivery food too. Not so many deliveries these days.

Julie, I know everyone likes the cool van.

Just Jill, I don't remember ice cream trucks in the country but the bakery van was the hit of the neighborhood.

Green Eyed Momster, this has been interesting for me to see so many saying they did not have the bakery vans.

Syd said...

Nice. That is a neat van.

jozien said...

You bring back good memories! I grew up in the country side in Holland, and i could fill a post talking about all the wonderful sales vans that came by our house on their regular route. thanks :)

Unknown Mami said...

I did not know such things existed.