You are a true old timer if you remember when mom had the table shown in the graphic. Prior to around 1939 in the Glover home, we preferred un-sliced bread. The reason was perfectly logical. During the Great Depression, an un sliced loaf of bread would have a longer shelf life without air being induced between the slices of sliced bread. How well I remember the scene above. The butcher knife and un-sliced bread: perfect together. This would also be the era when we poor financially embarrassed citizens would take that slice of bread, stab it with a fork, and toast it over our open fired kitchen coal or wood stove.