Otto Frederick Rohwedder

Inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder

Profession: Inventor

United States of America

Biography: The phrase "greatest thing since sliced bread" only became possible as a result of the work of Rohwedder, who in 1928 invented the bread-slicing machine.

The machine revolutionized the baking industry and meant sliced bread became commercially available throughout the world.

Standardized slices also boosted the sales of another recent invention, the automatic pop-up toaster, invented in 1926 by Charles Strite.

Born: July 7, 1880
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: November 8, 1960 (aged 80)

Historical Events

  • 1928-07-07 Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

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