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Feb 5, 2018

Today’s topic came about in 1928, and in the span of time since then, many things have been said to be the greatest thing since its invention. The more I read about it, and how easy it made people’s lives, the more I realize the idiom about how great it is isn’t too far off the mark.

Because of this topic, sandwiches were made faster, toasters increased in sales and became a common wedding present, and breakfasts became easier to make on the fly.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Sliced Bread.

The snippet from Time Magazine was read by Harriet Morris from the podcast Eating Coach, and who is, funnily enough, working with me to help me make healthier choices that don’t always include sliced bread.

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Music for Makers


Otto Rohwedder and the Evolution of Sliced Bread - American History USA

How Sliced Bread Became the 'Greatest Thing' - Time

Otto Frederick Rohwedder - Lemelson-MIT

The History of Toast - Today I Found Out

Bread-slicing Machine - The National Museum of American History

A Brief History of Sliced Bread - Mental Floss

Pre-sliced Bread Was Once Banned In The United States - Today I Found Out

Who Made That Sliced Bread? - The New York Times Magazine

How the Phrase 'The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread' Originated - The Atlantic

Stuff of Genius: Otto Rohwedder: Bread-Slicing Machine - HowStuffWorks

Is It OK to Store Bread in the Fridge? - Chowhound