You know the Hills Bros. landmark SoMa building, but have you seen their adorable 1920s delivery truck?

#TBT: When Bay Area Delivery Trucks Were Decidedly Chic


Before there were mobile apps, robots and drones to drop everything from cannabis to late night dessert right at your front door, there were delivery trucks—very stylish, personality-driven delivery trucks.

With the advancement of technology, today's delivery systems may be more streamlined and efficient, but somehow those robots and Red Bull cars lack the charm of the vintage rides of the 1920s, which had stunning lines, hand-painted typography and, sometimes, even outrageous designs.

Roll back a century to see how city dwellers were getting their goods.

Langendorf's Royal Breads

(via FoundSF)

Back in the day, the area around the Fillmore was a largely Jewish community. Among the synagogues and local businesses was Langendorf, a Jewish bakery founded in 1895 at 1160 McAllister Street (headquarters relocated to San Jose in 1926). Bernard Langendorf, originally from Vienna, and made delicious breads including rye and challah—just ask your grocer!

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