Interstate Bakeries Corporation (1930)
The company has its roots in the Nafziger Bakeries which were started by Ralph Leroy Nafziger in a church basement at 6th and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City in 1905. Nafziger expanded the bakeries and bought out competitors. In 1925 he sold Nafziger Bakeries to Purity Bakeries (which in turn became American Bakeries). Using his fortune he acquired a controlling interest in Schulze Baking Company and its Butternut Bread brand.
In 1930 he announced the formation Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC) with the merger of the Schulze Bakery with seven bakers under the umbrella of Western Bakeries of Los Angeles. At the time claimed to be the fifth largest baker in the United States. The company was a wholesaler selling Butternut bread loaves wrapped in gingham to grocery stores. – Wikipedia
The Snowden Apartments were diagonally across the intersection of 26th and Champa from the Puritan Pie Company. Some of Neal’s older brothers made moonshine in the apartment; they felt that the smell of the baking pies covered that of the mash! – Denver Beat Tour
Hollandsche, Fransche & Weener Broodbakkerij – Weduwe E.A. Rekers – Prinsengracht & Leidsestraat – Gevelreclame – Amsterdam, NL
Dutch, French & Viennese Bread Bakery – Widow E.A. Rekers
From the Art Nouveau Jugendstil font style, this sign can be dated from 1890 – 1910 – with my estimate towards the later end of this period. According to the Dutch site Winkelstories - Rekers, Wed. EA, bakery was founded in 1878. The building has a date of 1896 – which may be when it was renovated. Now Kwakman bakery. Prinsengracht 462 / Leidsestraat corner
- Also see Walter Grutchfield’s website.
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