History of Your Toaster
Toasting bread began as a method
of prolonging the life of bread. It was very common activity in Roman times,
'tostum' is the latin word for scorching or burning. The first electric
toaster was invented in 1893 in Great Britain by Crompton and Co (UK) and
in 1909 in the United States. It only toasted one side of the bread at
a time and it required a person to stand by and turn it off manually when
the toast looked done. Charles Strite invented the modern timer, pop-up
toaster in 1919.
- Otto Frederick Rohwedder
Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented
the bread slicer, which he started working on in 1912. At first, Rohwedder
came up with the idea of a device that held the slices together with hat
pins (not a success). In 1928, he designed a machine that sliced and wrapped
the bread to prevent the sliced bread from going stale. Pre-sliced bread
was popularized by Wonder Bread in 1930, helping to spread the toaster's
An unusual online museum dedicated
to the toaster, lots of photos and historical information, read the 1900
to 1920 sections for the original inventors that are discussed. Main
Sandwich - John Montagu
John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich
(1718 -1792) was the originator of the name sandwich. John Montagu loved to eat
beef between slices of toast. Eating his "sandwich" allowed the Earl to
have one hand free for card playing.
According to Infoplease Encyclopedia, John Montagu was a
British politician who served as secretary of state and first lord of the
admiralty, and earned great unpopularity for his charges of obscenity against
John Wilkes. He presided at the admiralty during the British defeats of the
American Revolution. The Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands were named after him by
Capt. James Cook.
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