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November 15, 2014

The Invention of Sliced Bread


For several months, nobody showed any interest in the device,
which, at five feet wide by three feet high, was perceived to be too bulky and too complex for everyday bread production. On a last-resort whim, Rohwedder asked his friend Frank Bench, a baker on the brink of bankruptcy, if he’d give the slicer a shot. Though it was a substantial investment, Bench reluctantly agreed. "When no one else in the world would give my father's machine a try,” Rohwedder’s son told the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune years later, “Frank Bench did.”
-- Priceonomics

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 15, 2014 9:00 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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My uncle Louie Lozko, we all called him "Letsgo Lozko", he raised bantam chickens.

He disliked Germans but grudgingly approved of this fellow's invention. Letsgo's brother One Pan Stan worked as a loafer in Bench's bakery.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 16, 2014 5:17 AM

And it was at that point that a commercial market for bread crumbs was invented.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 16, 2014 8:13 AM

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