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Tuesday, January 12

Down Memory Lane

Well, I was going to post more photos of the Museum of Natural History in Washington, but once again blogger isn't being agreeable and wouldn't let me upload photos. So let's take a walk down Memory Lane.

On the weekend, the local paper had an article on the bakeries that were in town in the 1950s. McHutchions was on the main street, two blocks away from downtown. I remember the smell of baking bread as I walked down the street when I was a teenager. If I had a few cents in my pocket, it would draw me in to browse over the large selection of cookies, candies, cakes and other delicious bake goods. Often I would chose a date square and be on my way.

When I was younger, Dad would bring Mom, my younger sister and I to town on the odd Saturday morning and we would wait at Uncle Jim's or Aunt Theresa's for the stores to open at 9am. We would browse Kresge's, the Metropolitan and Woolworth's.

Not far from Woolworth's stood the White Bakery. They handed rainbow sugar cookies out to children and we would coax Mom to stop in so we could get our treat. Those cookies would melt in your mouth. I can still remember how they tasted.

Today, there is only two bakeries in town. One is at the far end of the city and the one that is near us isn't anything like the bakeries of the 1950s. There is no smell of baking bread, but there are some nice baked goods on display. About twice a year I stop in to get a small treat, but it just isn't the same.

Do you remember going to the bakery when you were young? If so, I'd enjoy hearing about your experience.

16 comments:

  1. Mary, we still have a bakery that makes bread every day and I love to visit. The smell is just so rich.

    God bless.

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  2. I remember going to the bakery too. There was a bakery in our town that Mom would go to for buns. They had a lot of dutch goodies, that reminded me of my Grandpa. Thanks for reminding me!

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  3. blogger is giving you grief,I keep trying to cut and paste some thing to my computer useing the notebook feature of the computer to no avail.and the agrevating thing usually after a restore every thing works like it's supposed to.Oh,stuff happens.

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  4. Yes and buying day old doughnut holes. So yummy....m.

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  5. oh yes I remember the bakery, it was usually a trip made with mum after school and as a treat we were allowed to choose one thing each, I always went for cream donuts.

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  6. I lived down the street from a large Mrs Baird's factory. you could smell the bread baking every morning at 5am for MILES around. they had a "wholesale/discount" shop close and that's where mom would buy our sweets from....good days.

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  7. Mary this has certainly awakened a memory in me. My best friend's parents owned the BEST bakery in our town and we would walk home from school together. We would stop in the family bakery and were allowed to sample anything we wanted. I will never forget the wonderful aroma and the delicious treats. For some reason the vats of warm Spanish peanuts seemed to thrill me the most.

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  8. I didn't spend much time in a Bakery (we bought our bread and donuts at the day old bakery...and we children rode our bikes to make the purchases)
    but I did spend lots of time in Woolworth's and Kresge's... Woolworth's was across the street from the movie theater where I worked as a teenager...
    thanks for the memories
    Mimi

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  9. Okay, okay....now you got me! Yes, yes I do remember one bakery when I was a kid. Tho I had to go on my bike down the mountain road to get there, it was so worth the pumping uphill all the way back. And what I always got there were brownies!!! HUGE! Brownies covered in chocolate icing, loaded with walnuts and the most moist, delicious brownie I've ever had...nothing since has been compared to those. And believe it or not, they were a nickle a piece!!! A NICKLE!!!! Oh to have that bakery near me again. At yesterday's prices. LOL

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  10. It's a good memory. Unfortunately, there were no bakery visits in my childhood.

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  11. We never had a bakery where we lived, but Grandma worked in one in Monticello, Minnesota. I remember it like yesterday - you went up 3 steps to get to it and oh, the aromas! And yes, smelling the bread and pastries as we approached. I can remember walking down the street of that little town and Grandma proudly introducing us to everyone as "Margaret's girls." She always brought good stuff home after work and we loved going there for those store-bought goodies. My other grandma lived a mile down the road and she always had home made goodies. Both were wonderful - and probably contributed to my current weight problems!

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  12. PS - I finally have the twins' birthday post up!

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  13. O, yes, Mary...I do remember the bakeries in our town in the 40's and 50's. One was right by our Junior High school and at lunchtime, we would walk over and buy Thumbprint cookies, my favorite. The ones of today use that powdered sugar icing for the chocolate centers..back "in the day", they used REAL chocolate fudge candy for the centers.
    I, too, stop in a local bakery every now and then but, as you said, it's just not the same. (difference like canned biscuits and homemade)...also, guess a cookie just doesn't taste as good to an OLDEN person as it did to a kid!! :O)

    As for the cookies to do the Tim Tam Slam...do ya;ll have Pepperridge Farm products? I hear they are producing these cookies...possibly under a different name, tho.

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  14. Going to a bakery when I was little is not something I ever remember doing. I guess because mom always baked every day, there was no need. I'm sure Sudbury had a bakery or two but I couldn't tell you where they were! lol There is one now that I pass by every time I go to town and I've brought mom there a couple of times for a coffee and dessert...when you walk in there, the wonderful smell just hypnotizes you...yummmm!! xoxo

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  15. I don't remember going to any bakeries. But I do remember walking by a bread bakery on my way to school. The aroma of fresh baked bread filled the air. It sure made me hungry! LOL

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