Bread bags, to avoid dirty bread, are proposed in this item from the Montreal Witness, reprinted in the Regina Standard, March 3, 1898.
The bread-man who delivers his loaves in hands discolored, let us suppose, by his reins and clasped against a coat which has for months battled with the spatterings of city streets, possibly, knows enough about the earlier history of his wares to make him look upon any squeamishness with regard to his handlings of the dry loaf with amused contempt. Certainly his indifference to the sensibilities of bread-eaters in things seen suggests alarming possibilities as to things unseen. The baker who first adopts the paper bag will, we think, be the gainer by it, much as custom and habit have inured us to the present practice.
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