Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Sliced bread ... we all grew up with it.  I always liked "butter bread," as we call it in the South, and as you see the little Sunbeam girl eating in this ad.  In addition to Sunbeam bread, I also remember Colonial bread, Wonder bread, Roman Meal, and wonderful smooth whole wheat bread made at the local monastery.   These breads all had one thing in common:  they were sliced.

Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the first bread slicing machine in Davenport, Iowa.  It was first used on July 7, 1928 at the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri (pictured below).  So sliced bread is 87 years old today!  I think I'll celebrate by having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at lunch.


(Photo credit: "Chili-sliced" by Americasroof)

I think a lot of bread bakeries were regional.  What sliced breads were popular where you grew up?   I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

9 comments:

Bob Gilliland said...

Great research!

Growing up in a small southern town all we had available was Colonial and Wonder Bread. It is funny to me that I hated everything but white bread for a long time but now I cannot stand it and whole wheat is the only bread I like.

Birdhouse Books said...

Bob, I am the same way with whole wheat bread -- it is what I buy here. I might make an exception, though, for tomato sandwiches, which are best old fashioned southern style on white bread with mayonnaise. :-)

Trish

Mary Huckaby said...

My mother always bought Sunbeam bread when I was young. In 1954 we lived in Nashville, TN, and Fair Park was a popular amusement park nearby. One week the park had a contest to select a "Little Miss Sunbeam" look-a-like. I was entered in the contest, but sadly was not chosen. Every time I see a loaf of Sunbeam bread I think of my one and only pageant!

Earl-Leigh Designs said...

I'm from the South as well so I grew up with Sunbeam and the thick sliced Wonder bread. That was the best for french toast. Now I'm hungry!

Candia Gilmore said...

Wow I did that know that. Happy Birthday to sliced bread! :) Thanks so much for sharing this info!

Kristen said...

Yay for sliced bread! I grew up eating wonder bread! Nothing like white bread for a pb & j or grilled cheese!

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks, all for the visits! I always enjoy reading your comments.

Mary, that is a great story about the Little Miss Sunbeam contest! Love that.

Earl-Leigh, French toast sounds pretty yummy to me, too!

holdenj said...

I lived in Texas as a kid and remember touring Mrs. Baird's bread. Pretty sure they were regional. What I can't remember if it was for school or brownies/girls scouts!

Birdhouse Books said...

HoldenJ, I bet they were regional ... the tour sounds neat! We toured Colonial Bakery, I think also with Scouts. I remember it smelled really good - fresh bread! - Trish