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.

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.

Panoramic view of Los Angeles, circa 1905, looking northwest from the corner of Washington Blvd. and Grand Ave.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Panoramic view of Los Angeles, circa 1905, looking northwest from the corner of Washington Blvd. and Grand Ave.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Members of Los Angeles’ segregated, all-black Fire Engine Company No. 30 stand in front of their firehouse on Central Avenue, circa 1931.
Part of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Members of Los Angeles’ segregated, all-black Fire Engine Company No. 30 stand in front of their firehouse on Central Avenue, circa 1931.

Part of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A 1928 view of the Monte Mar Vista tract, now part of Los Angeles’ Cheviot Hills neighborhood. The street in the foreground is Monte Mar Drive. The Hillcrest Country Club is behind the house on the left.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

A 1928 view of the Monte Mar Vista tract, now part of Los Angeles’ Cheviot Hills neighborhood. The street in the foreground is Monte Mar Drive. The Hillcrest Country Club is behind the house on the left.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.