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zzyzzogeton wrote: It's possible that some bakeries experienced inoperable and unfixable bread slice equipment failure and were unable to slice bread for a while in isolated areas.
zzyzzogeton wrote:The sale of pre-sliced bread was banned for a short 3 month period in 1943 by top bureaucrat in War Foods Administration in a misguided effort to conserve wheat, wax paper and steel.
The reasonings behind the ban were idiotic. The US had enough wheat on hand to last 2 year if no more was grown over the interveing 2 years. No one was making new slicing machines as the companies were making other things for the war effort, but even if a part broke, a local machine shop could cobble something out of scrap. Sliced bread required thicker wax paper than "regular" waxed paper used in kitchens, but bread companies had months of stock on hand.
Irrate housewives across the nation wrote scathing letters to newspaper everywhere.
The sliced bread ban was one of the shorter instances of a failed governmeent fix for a problem that didn't exist.
It's possible that some bakeries experienced inoperable and unfixable bread slice equipment failure and were unable to slice bread for a while in isolated areas.