Helms Bakery trucks once delivered freshly baked goods to neighborhoods across Southern California. Here’s a fleet of them in 1931, the year the service debuted.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Helms Bakery trucks once delivered freshly baked goods to neighborhoods across Southern California. Here’s a fleet of them in 1931, the year the service debuted.

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In the 1930s, health guru Paul Bragg led group hikes up to the “fresh air” of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Commissioned by Bragg, this 1932 photo is part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In the 1930s, health guru Paul Bragg led group hikes up to the “fresh air” of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Commissioned by Bragg, this 1932 photo is part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

This rural highway is actually Western Avenue in South Los Angeles as seen in 1932 near its intersection with 114th Street.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

This rural highway is actually Western Avenue in South Los Angeles as seen in 1932 near its intersection with 114th Street.

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1939 view from Los Angeles City Hall of Little Tokyo and, behind it, the present-day Arts District. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1939 view from Los Angeles City Hall of Little Tokyo and, behind it, the present-day Arts District. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1939 panoramic view of the Cahuenga Pass. That’s Universal Studios on the left, with Burbank behind it in the distance.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1939 panoramic view of the Cahuenga Pass. That’s Universal Studios on the left, with Burbank behind it in the distance.

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.