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How long has the wooden bread box been around? How far back have they been made?

when did the use of tambor doors start?
 

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What did you find when you "googled" for that information?

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Not much. Did find some reference to British bread tins. most information does not go back very far just to the 1920 tin boxes then very obscure.

Not much info on wooden bread boxes and dates.

Most information is about after WW2 during the "Boomer Years"
 

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Bread boxes were created to keep assorted mice and rats etc. from eating the bread. Bread itself may be anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 years old based on wikipedia, and I'll bet if they were making boxes (ones big as a bread box anyway) back then one reason was to put breads in it.
 

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The origin of tambour doors is difficult to establish. They were commonly seen in Federal period furniture 1720's by such well known makers and designers like Hepplewhite and Seymour. That construction technique certainly pre-dated these uses. The roll top bread boxes were likely a later design, late 1800's to early 1900's, probably influenced by designs like roll top desks, Hossier cabinets, etc.

Wood bread boxes have been around for millennia. The French Panetiere is a well known and coveted form of the "bread box", typically from the early 1800's. No doubt these are a design evolution based on older, similar forms of bread storage.
 
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