Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. With no Saints today, we turn to the world-changing event that happened on this day in 1928, when sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.
The First Friday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sliced bread was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”. Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, invented the first bread-slicing machine in 1912, but his prototype machine was destroyed in a fire, and it wasn’t until 1928 that his first commercial machine was purchased by the Chillicothe Baking Company. St. Louis baker Gustav Papendick bought Rohwedder’s second bread slicer and set out to improve it by devising a way to keep the slices together at least long enough to allow the loaves to be wrapped. After failures trying rubber bands and metal pins, he settled on placing the slices into a cardboard tray. The tray aligned the slices, allowing mechanized wrapping machines to function. Since commercially pre-sliced bread used uniform and somewhat thinner slices, people ate more slices of bread at a time, and ate bread more frequently because of the ease of eating another piece of bread. This increased consumption of bread and, in turn, increased consumption of spreads, such as jam, to put on the bread. During World War II, United States officials imposed a short-lived ban on sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure, on the grounds that the ready-sliced loaves needed a heavier wrapping than unsliced ones if they were not to dry out. The measure took effect on January 18th, 1943, and was rescinded on March 8th, 1943; the savings was not as much as the War Board had expected, and the baking industry had been able to prove that it had a sufficient supply of wrapping for the sliced bread machines. (Would all those of my Three or Four Loyal Readers and my Army of Followers who think that my Weblog is the best thing since sliced bread, please say Yea. Thank you.)
Last night I finished reading A World Without Smells by Lars Lundqvist via Kindle on my tablet, and continued reading Beethoven’s Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond by Tim Rayborn via Kindle on my tablet.
On waking up to get ready for work today I did my Book Devotional Reading. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the First Day of my Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Once we clocked in at the casino, Richard was on Mini Baccarat (where he hit 1.000, having no guests at all during his shift), and I was on Pai Gow Poker.
Once we got home from work, I read the morning paper and ate my lunch salad. I then got on the Internet and created a Widget for the sidebar of my weblog explaining Congenital Anosmia, and added a Links category on my sidebar for Congenital Anosmia links and weblogs online. I then did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for A World Without Smells by Lars Lundqvist; I also shared my Facebook review of the book with my Congenital Anosmia facebook group. When Richard went to bed at 4:00 pm, I then went out to the front room, and watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm. That brings me to now, and I will go to bed and do some reading before going to sleep.
Tomorrow we again have no Saints to honor; we will instead note that tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1579 discovery underground in the city of Kazan (now in Tatarstan) of Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church. Richard and I will return to the casino to do our eight hours of casino dealing, and I will try to start reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham via Kindle on my tablet during my breaks. In the early afternoon I will go to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration, and, if past experience holds true, I will then go home, do my Daily Update, and go to bed for the duration.
Our Parting Quote this Friday afternoon comes to us from Dick Jones, American actor. Born as Richard Jones in 1927 in Snyder, Texas, he was the son of a newspaper editor. He was a prodigious horseman from infancy, having been billed at the age of four as the “World’s Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper”. At the age of six he was hired to perform riding and lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by western star Hoot Gibson, who convinced young Jones and his parents that he should come to Hollywood. Jones and his mother moved there, and Gibson arranged for some small parts for the boy, whose good looks, energy, and pleasant voice quickly landed him more and bigger parts, both in low-budget westerns as well as in more substantial productions. He appeared as a bit player in several of Hal Roach’s Our Gang (Little Rascals) shorts. Between 1934 and 1939 he appeared in a few dozen movies, usually uncredited or credited as Dickie Jones. Among his early film roles were Little Men (1934) and A Man to Remember (1938). In 1939 he appeared as a troublesome kid named Killer Parkins in the film Nancy Drew… Reporter. In the film he did a good imitation of Donald Duck. The same year he appeared with Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Senate page Richard (Dick) Jones. In 1940 he had one of his most prominent (though invisible) roles, as the voice of Pinocchio in Disney’s animated film of the same name. Jones attended Hollywood High School and at fifteen took over the role of Henry Aldrich on the hit radio show The Aldrich Family. He learned carpentry and augmented his income with jobs in that field. He served in the Army in the Alaska Territory during the final months of World War II. Gene Autry, who before the war had cast Jones in several westerns, put him back to work through Autry’s Flying A Pictures and, for television, his Flying A Productions. Jones guest-starred regularly on The Gene Autry Show in the early 1950s. He appeared in a 1950 episode of the TV series The Lone Ranger titled “Man Without a Gun”. In 1950, at the age of twenty-three, he played the 16-year-old cook for a small Confederate Army unit in the film Rocky Mountain. By 1951, he was billed as Dick Jones, and starred as Dick West, sidekick to the Western hero known as The Range Rider, played by Jock Mahoney, in a Gene Autry television series that ran for seventy-six episodes in syndication. Jones was cast thereafter in 1954 and 1955 in four episodes of Annie Oakley, another Flying A Production. Autry gave Jones his own series, Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955), which ran for forty-two episodes in syndication. His series co-stars were Nancy Gilbert, who played his sister Calamity, and Harry Cheshire as Judge Ben “Fair and Square” Wiley, his guardian. Through his work in Western films and television series from the 1930s through the 1950s, Jones became a fixture at the former Iverson Movie Ranch, considered the most heavily filmed outdoor shooting location in Hollywood history. In 1957 Jones appeared twice as Ned in the episodes “The Brothers” and “Renegade Rangers” of the syndicated American Civil War series Gray Ghost, with Tod Andrews in the title role of Confederate Major John Singleton Mosby. In 1958, during the filming of the The Cool and the Crazy, Jones and fellow actor Richard Bakalyan were arrested for vagrancy in Kansas City, Missouri. They were standing on the corner between takes in “juvenile delinquent” outfits, and police thought that the two were gang members. It took several hours for the film crew to remedy the misunderstanding and to free Jones and Bakalyan from jail. In 1960 Jones guest-starred as Bliss in the episode “Fire Flight” of another syndicated series, The Blue Angels, about the elite air-show squadron of the United States Navy. Burt Reynolds guest starred in the same episode. He also appeared in the short-lived syndicated western series Pony Express, starring Grant Sullivan. In 1962 Jones portrayed John Hunter in the episode “The Wagon Train Mutiny” of NBC’s long-running western series Wagon Train starring John McIntire. That same year, he appeared in the television short The Night Rider starring Johnny Cash as Johnny Laredo and Eddie Dean as Trail Boss Tim. Jones’ last acting role was as Cliff Fletcher in the 1965 film Requiem for a Gunfighter. In 2000 Jones was named one of the Disney Legends. In early 2009 Jones performed promotional events for the Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray release of Pinocchio. In March 2009, he was a guest star at the Williamsburg Film Festival (died 2014): “Hoot [Gibson] told my mother the famous words: ‘That kid ought to be in pictures.’ She said, ‘Whoopee!’ and away we went to Hollywood.”