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Friday, May 6, 2011

Nolde Brothers Bakery - 1975

The Nolde Bros. Bakery in Church Hill was founded by John Henry Nolde in 1892. The building pictured below was completed in 1926. By 1950, the company's three plants in Richmond, Petersburg and Norfolk produced 800,000 pounds of bread a week. This location closed in 1977, and Goodwill later occupied part of the space. I remember shopping at their thrift store in the 90s. The building was renovated and reopened as the Nolde Condos in 2006. Love the cars, and especially the sign!

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo courtesy of VCU Libraries

15 comments:

  1. I went to Bellevue back then and I sure do miss the smell of that bakery even now!

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  2. I lived directly across the street from this pic in 86'. I believe a Nations Bank and Goodwill were there then. I was 9 & memory kinda fuzzy now.

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  3. In '92 the Goodwill was still there, I think the Nation's Bank too...

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  4. Still miss Nolde Bread. The aroma of fresh baked bread from the Nolde Bakery was second only to C. F. Sauer and the spices. I remember the Goodyear Blimp dropping small loaves of Nolde's bread at the Tobacco Parade.

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  5. My Great Grandparents worked there in the 20s. I wish I could get some of the employment records . History of some kind.

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    1. My dad worked for them from 1941 till 1977 when they closed. He will be 93 this year and we talk about the bakery alot.

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    2. My dad worked for them from 1941 till 1977 when they closed. He will be 93 this year and we talk about the bakery alot.

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    3. Yes he is and he is doing well.

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  6. I lived about 3 block away from the bakery in Petersburg and it did give off a great smell. They made a good product.

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  7. My grandfather worked for Nolde's for 46 years (lived in Richmond, but served Fork Union Military Academy, Goochland, Cumberland, Fluvanna and the like. This was from 1926 to 1972. His name was Mallory Brizendine. I've been looking for memorabilia - and its so hard to find. I would love to find a tray - the yellow metal one. My email: bjbrizendine@gmail.com

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  8. My grandfather worked for Nolde's for 46 years (lived in Richmond, but served Fork Union Military Academy, Goochland, Cumberland, Fluvanna and the like. This was from 1926 to 1972. His name was Mallory Brizendine. I've been looking for memorabilia - and its so hard to find. I would love to find a tray - the yellow metal one. My email: bjbrizendine@gmail.com

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  9. While stopped at a light in Colonial Heights, I got hit head on by a Nolde Bakery truck. The case against the driver was continued twice, and on the third court date, after we had moved to Atlanta, the charges were dismissed. I've often wondered if the continuances had anything to do with the merits of the case or if it was because the son of the driver was one of the two judges in Colonial Heights.

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  10. My dad worked there from 1952 until they closed in 1977. At one time we lived at Broad and 31st St. and would walk to the bakery and see dad.

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  11. My husband & I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on July 22nd 2017 & had a piece of the wedding cake made by Nolde's in Richmond Va. I had saved the top layer the day of the wedding & put into the freezer. I was determined to have a piece of it on our 50th anniversary as General & Mrs Dwight D Eisenhower had on theirs. The texture was as smooth as I remembered & the icing melted in our mouth! The Nolde family really knew how to bake a wonderful cake as well as breads. We grew up & live in the Northern Neck of Va & were always glad to see the Nolde's bread truck arrive at our local grocery store. The smell of fresh baked bread was always good whenever we visited Richmond.

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