The greatest invention
My husband told me over breakfast that I missed the anniversary of sliced bread yesterday. Since I struggle with slicing bread for toast every morning, he pointed out, maybe it's an invention I might want to take advantage of. Ha ha. Good one, Tom. I can see today is starting off where yesterday ended.
Anyway, I just Googled "sliced bread" and found out that the inventor of the first mechanical bread slicer was Otto Frederick Rohwedder. ...
This is not a joke. I don't see July 7 as the date, but Mr. Rohwedder was born on July 7, 1880 in Des Moines. He introduced his invention in 1928; it was patented on July 12, 1932 (Patent:1,867,377). That's only four days away, so why don't we think of some way to celebrate on Saturday. Suggestions?
There are other milestones, according to Ideafinder.com. As you can see, the story is filled with intrigue, mysterious fires, pop-up toasters and so on. I think we have the basis for a multi-million dollar action movie here:
1912 Otto Rohwedder toys with the idea of producing a machine to slice bread
1916 Rohwedder begins to design a machine to slice bread
1917 fire destroys his factory, prototype machine and the blueprints
1926 Toastmaster begins selling pop-up toasters
1927 Rohwedder finally saves enough money to begin again to build a bread slicer
1928 Rohwedder files patent application for a single step bread slicing machine
1928 forms a company Mac-Roh Sales & Manufacturing to build and sell the bread slicer machine
1928 first mechanical pre-sliced bread goes on sale to the public in Chillicothe, Missouri
1929 St. Louis, Missouri baker, Gustav Papendick, adds improvements to Rohwedder's machine.
1930 Wonder Bread begins selling pre-sliced bread, most bakeries follow suit
1932 toaster sales skyrocketed, thanks to the standardized size of sliced bread
1933 American bakeries were turning out more sliced than unsliced bread
1933 Rohwedder sells patent rights to and goes to work for Micro-Westco, Inc.
1934 Patent 1,970,379 issued August 14, 1934 for Slicing Machine assigned to Papendick, Inc.