Distribution for companies such as the Cooperative Society, shown above, as with all other trades in the Victorian era, was by horse and cart and, for local delivery rounds, by handcart.
Alldays & Onions, who also manufactured bicycles, were major suppliers of handcarts, described in their catalogue as ‘hand parcel carriers.’ While bicycles and tricycles were increasingly used for local deliveries from 1900 onwards, light goods such as bread were still carried by traditional handcarts until the 1920s, particularly in poorer areas of the country. The Alldays catalogue below illustrates their range of handcarts.
1950s Triang Wooden Baker’s Barrow
The wooden Triang Baker’s Barrow was a popular toy in the 1950s, particularly when it had pretend food inside. This example is in very good original condition, retaining its original transfers (decals) and is ready to deliver pastries to toys everywhere.
1930s TRIANG BAKER’S BARROW
MILK v BREAD
Ringstead Cooperative Society: info with thanks to – http://ringstead.squarespace.com/ringstead-people/2013/8/14/bk2-the-ringstead-co-operative-societies.html