Have you ever heard the phrase “This is the best thing since sliced bread?” Well, in 1925, they couldn’t say that. Because there was no store-bought sliced bread in America.
That’s one of the interesting little factoids I came across today while doing research for my screenplay adaptation of my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” which is the true story of a little boy’s abduction in 1925.
This was an era of Prohibition, flappers, jazz, gangsters and the like.
However, it was not an era of the following items:
- Talking movies (There wouldn’t be one shown at a U.S. theater until “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson in 1927).
- Bubble gum (Walter Diemer came up with that in 1928 for his employer, Fleer Chewing Gum Company).
- Sliced bread (Not until 1928).
- Pop-up toaster (Showed up in 1927, thus apparently spurring the slicing of the bread the following year).
- Mickey Mouse (Disney created the character in 1928).
- Kool-Aid (1927).
- Aerosol cans (1926).
- Frozen food (thanks to Clarence Birdseye for this in 1929).
There’s a lot of other stuff that wasn’t around in 1925. Like iPads and nitro-burning funny cars.
But, when this movie finally comes out, if you see anybody throwing slices of bread into a pop-up toaster or blowing a big pink bubble with their gum while watching a “talkie,” you can put that down on the Goofs section on IMDb.com.