Fact File about the Invention of Sliced Bread: Date of Invention: 1928 *** Name of Inventor: Otto Frederick Rohwedder *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1880 - 1960 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Interwar (1918 - 1939) *** Category: Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Otto Frederick Rohwedder,†and
his invention ***
Fact 1: Who invented Sliced Bread? Sliced Bread was invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder in
1928 during the Interwar Era of inventions (1918 - 1939).
Fact 2: Who invented Sliced Bread? Prior to the invention of Sliced Bread
in 1928, the history of bread dates back thousands of
years when the first bread was invented. It was unleavened, meaning there was no
yeast added, and became a staple in mankindís diet. In 1859, Louis Pasteur
discovered how yeast worked and the mass production of yeast began.
Fact 3: Who invented Sliced Bread? The Industrial revolution witnessed
the introduction of flour mills that made white wheat breads more plentiful and
made the mass production of breads possible. The old mill-wheels were abandoned
when a Swiss engineer called Jacob Sulzberger invented the Roller grain mill
that producing a uniformly white flour without bran.
Fact 4: Who invented Sliced Bread? Automatic machinery was invented to
mass produce cheap bread during the Industrial Revolution. There were machines
to knead the dough, for mass baking and for wrapping the bread, but sliced bread
wasn't invented until 1928 when an American came up with the idea.
Fact 5: Who invented Sliced Bread? The inventor of Sliced Bread, Otto Frederick Rohwedder, was born on July 7, 1880 in
Des Moines, Iowa, United States and died on November 8, 1960.
Fact 6: Who invented Sliced Bread? The early years of Otto Frederick Rohwedder were spent in
Davenport, Iowa, United States where he was raised by his family. His father was
Claus Rohwedder and his mother was Elizabeth Rohwedder. Otto Frederick Rohwedder
had three brothers and a sister.
Fact 7: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder was educated at
local schools in Davenport and became an apprentice to a jeweller when he left
school. He learnt the trade jewelry trade well and eventually went on to open
Fact 8: Who invented Sliced Bread? In 1905 Otto Frederick Rohwedder
married Carrie Johnson, and the couple had two children who they raised in in
St. Joseph, Missouri.
Fact 9: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder was an
ambitious man, interested in new inventions and technology. It was these
interests that led the jeweler to come up with the invention of an automatic
bread slicer, despite the fact he had no experience in the baking industry.
Fact 10: Who invented Sliced Bread? In 1893 the first electric toaster
was invented by Alan MacMasters, but did not prove popular. In 1909 the first
commercially successful electric toaster was launched by General Electric.
Perhaps it was these inventions that gave Otto Frederick Rohwedder the idea to
make a bread slicing machine.
Fact 11: Who invented Sliced Bread? As public demand for labor-saving
appliances in the home increased Otto Frederick Rohwedder was sure he was on to
a winner. His idea for inventing an automatic slicer would result in the
increased consumption of bread due to the convenience of sliced bread.
Fact 12: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder began work
on his device in 1912 and by 1917 had developed a prototype machine together
with blueprints for the device.
Fact 13: Who invented Sliced Bread? Convinced that his invention would be
a success, he opened a small factory in Monmouth, Illinois. But disaster
struck in 1917 when the factory, his prototype and blueprints were all destroyed
Fact 14: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder had to start
on his invention of a machine to produce Sliced Bread had to start all over
again and he had to save enough money to re-start the business.
Fact 15: Who invented Sliced Bread? On November 26 1928 Otto Frederick
Rohwedder filed his patent for a 'Machine for slicing an entire loaf of bread at
a single operation'. In the same year he founded Mac-Roh Sales & Manufacturing
to build and sell his machine. Patent number US 1867377 was issued for his
invention on July 12, 1932.
Fact 16: Who invented Sliced Bread? On July 7, 1928, Missouri's
Chillicothe Baking Company the first slicers went on sale to the public in
Chillicothe, Missouri. A St. Louis baker called Gustav Papendick was one of the
first to buy Otto Frederick Rohwedder's machine in 1928 and went on to perfect
the design. Gustav Papendick's improved design packaged the sliced loaves in
cardboard trays, keeping the bread neat and orderly, and wrapped it in wax
Fact 17: Who invented Sliced Bread? In 1930 Wonder Bread, began marketing
sliced bread nationwide and their remarkable advertising and marketing campaign
eventually led to the popular phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread".
Fact 18: Who invented Sliced Bread? Customers loved the convenience,
reliability, and consistency of sliced bread and Wonder Bread brand was so
successful that by 1933 American bakeries were producing more sliced than
Fact 19: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder had foreseen
the need for uniformly sliced bread to fit in a toaster. His invention also
helped make the sandwich more practical.
Fact 20: Who invented Sliced Bread? Despite the success of his invention Otto Frederick Rohwedder
suffered financial difficulties due to the Great Depression. In 1933 he was
sell his invention to Micro-Westco in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Fact 21: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder was
appointed vice-president and sales manager of the Rohwedder Bakery Machine
Division until he retired in 1951.
Fact 22: Who invented Sliced Bread? Following his retirement he moved to
Albion, Michigan but he never received financial compensation or proper
recognition for his invention during his lifetime.
Fact 23: Who invented Sliced Bread? Otto Frederick Rohwedder died on November 8, 1960
in Concord, Michigan and was buried at Riverside Cemetery in Albion. His name is
now remembered and recognised as the ingenious inventor of sliced bread.