Re: Anyone remember Bond bread?
My dad was a retail driver for Bond Bread. He later drove for Wawa when they still had home delivery, both companies used Divco trucks for their deliveries, a standard vehicle for the times. He became a supervisor with Bond, with several drivers he was responsible for. I know he left way early in the morning to go to work and usually got home earlier than most working folks, but I remember a time that he was so busy with responsibility for the other guys I didn't see him for almost a week, I think that's when he went to work for Wawa. Every so often on a day I didn't have school (or maybe it was a Saturday....did they deliver on Saturdays?) he would swing by the house, considerably off his route and pick me up so I could ride with him and "help." Customers would sometimes give me a nickel or dime tip, I loved that. If the customer wasn't home he had a cool way of twisting the bag of bread and whatever else in a way that it would hang on the doorknob, long before plastic bags. As with Wawa, his customers trusted and liked him so much many of them would have him knock and let himself in, he'd know how much bread (or dairy) items they wanted to always have on hand and he would leave whatever they needed. Such a more simple, innocent time. Dad would let me pick out a package of something from the back of the truck to snack on during the day, I usually opened a pack of Hermit Bars and ate them until I was almost sick. But it was one of my fondest memories of hanging out with my dad, watching him work and seeing how much his customers enjoyed him being their breadman. And, along with many posts about the bakery, driving past it on our occasional trips in that direction was the delightful aroma you could smell for many blocks around. Our neighbors ate either Stroehman or Freihofer's bread, I always thought that was a betrayal, EVERYONE should eat Bond Bread.