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Schulze’s Butter-Nut Bread – Chicago, IL

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

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Interstate Bakeries Corporation (1930)

The company has its roots in the Nafziger Bakeries which were started by Ralph Leroy Nafziger in a church basement at 6th and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City in 1905. Nafziger expanded the bakeries and bought out competitors. In 1925 he sold Nafziger Bakeries to Purity Bakeries (which in turn became American Bakeries). Using his fortune he acquired a controlling interest in Schulze Baking Company and its Butternut Bread brand.

In 1930 he announced the formation Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC) with the merger of the Schulze Bakery with seven bakers under the umbrella of Western Bakeries of Los Angeles. At the time claimed to be the fifth largest baker in the United States. The company was a wholesaler selling Butternut bread loaves wrapped in gingham to grocery stores. – Wikipedia


  1. Pete says:

    Here’s a photo of the old Schulze Bakery, taken just this morning:

    1. FadingAd says:

      @Pete Way cool! Happy New Year to you and Julie! Frank

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