Today in good news history: Sliced bread, baby!

Laugh if you want, but sliced bread has been awesome. Let’s take a look at how it all started.

On this day in 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Company produced the first loaves of sliced bread.

Located in Chillicothe, Mo., the bread-maker used a slicing machine created by Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, to mechanically slice its Kleen Maid Sliced Bread.

The baker advertised its sliced bread as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.” The saying “the greatest thing since sliced bread” is thought to have grown out of the advertising slogan.

Well, thank you Mr. Otto!

Hold on now! Did you know that sliced bread was banned at some point?

After being initiated in January, the ban on sliced bread was lifted in March of 1943. The government said that the savings were not as much as were expected, but the quick turnaround of the ban likely had to do with the severe backlash from producers and consumers.

Really great article by Mental Floss.

Sliced bread changed the lives of Americans and eventually the world, for the better if only because it was more convenient.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a PB&J sandwich to eat.



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