Thursday, August 9, 2012

1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village Grain and Milling Company Box

We continue our special on the Olympics with a look back at a series of buildings made by the Standard Paper Box Corp. of Los Angeles for Helm's Bakery. The buildings are made like boxes, copyrighted 1932, and feature 'Olympic Village' graphics. 1932 was the first year an Olympic Village was constructed and these boxes were no doubt meant as an advertising tie-in to that. There is a disconnect though, in that this paper village is portrayed as quaint and rustic, while the real Olympic Village was built to the modern standards of the time. Still, it's that quaint rusticness that makes our village exude charm.

Today we feature the Olympic Village Grain and Milling Company, a nice building to complement Helm's Bakery. It appears as though there may have been a water wheel on one side of the structure but that is long since gone. The building measures 7 7/8" (20cm) W x 5 1/2" (14cm) D x 4 5/8" (11.7cm) H. Enjoy!