A Slice of History
A toddler enjoys some Dixie Bread.
Original photo from the Erik Overbey Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama • COLORIZATION BY DYNAMICHROME LIMITED
An unidentified baby snacks on a slice of bread from the Malbis Bakery in this snapshot by Erik Overbey. Although the exact date of this image in unknown, similar photographs at the bakery were taken in the 1920s and 1930s.
Owned by Jason Malbis, the Malbis Bakery was incorporated in 1925 and was never actually located in the Baldwin County town of Malbis. In fact, the large business stood on South Broad Street and stretched to Washington Avenue. As noted by historian Tom McGehee, “In its heyday, the facility had equipment capable of producing 100,000 pounds of bread a day as well as 85,000 pounds of cookies and crackers.”
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