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Breadalyzer: 1922

Breadalyzer: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Department of Agriculture. First device to accurately measure a loaf of bread in cubic centimeters has been perfected by Bureau of Agricultural Economics." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

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How does it work?

Food Texture and Viscosity: Concept and Measurement
By Malcolm C. Bourne
© 1982, Academic Press, Inc.

p. 165

Loaf Volume Meter
This apparatus consists of a metal box connected through a rectangular chute to a hopper containing rapeseed. A loaf of bread is placed in the box, which is closed, a slide in the chute is pulled out, and the rapeseed is allowed to fill the box. A calibrated scale on a Pyralin face of the volumeter column gives the direct reading of the volume of the bread in cubic centimeters. This device is widely used in the baking industry to measure loaf volume, which is one index of quality of the loaf.

Super-sized

Perhaps I'm ignorant of early 20th Century baking standards, but the loaves appear to be twice the size of our current standard sandwich bread loaf.

How did the bread scientists...

... do their job before the invention of the bread-o-nometer?

In the eye of the beholder

To me, the lady in the bread-measuring lab is much prettier than any of the bathing beauties seen in recent photos.

The Very First

... Funnel Cake.

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