Advert For Bruce McIntyre & Co, Oat Flour
Medium: Print on paper
At the start of the 19th century the working class diet consisted of the staples of potatoes, milk, sugar, flour and most importantly bread. Different kinds of bread were available at different prices some considerably more expensive them others. Whilst the working classes had to eat the cheaper brown bread, sieves were used to produce very fine white bread popular with members of the nobility. Unfortunately some bakers were also known to add alum to their bread to make it whiter and this made the taste very bitter.