Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Chillicothe, Missouri

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Wall mural in Chillicothe, Missouri

The very first loaf of pre-sliced bread was sold on July 7, 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Otto Frederick Rohwedder, from Davenport, Iowa, invented the Rohwedder Bread Slicer in 1912.  Bakeries in and around Iowa would not buy his machine because they felt the bread would go stale too soon.  He kept working on his invention.  In 1928 he convinced a baker in Chillicothe Missouri that if the sliced bread was wrapped in waxed paper it would stay fresher.  Customers loved the idea of buying sliced bread and he soon sold out.  Pre-sliced bread became a household staple when in 1930 Wonder Bread began to commercially produce pre-sliced loaves of bread.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. vannillarock says:

    thanks for sharing Iris! my education from WP community continues 🙂 anne

  2. Best thing since sliced bread, eh? Lol! Thanks for sharing the info. 🙂

  3. Helen C says:

    Good morning, Iris. Very interesting. I will look my sliced bread a little different from now on. Thanks for the info. Helen

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    A slice of history? Great post, Iris.

  5. How weird is this small world? My sister lived not far from this sign for a number of years, and my neice lives just outside town! The main street does not look all that different today, except for more cars. It’s like time froze over in Northern Missouri… 🙂 Love it! Mother Hen

  6. lolaWi says:

    Nice history! Thanks for sharing!

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