The American Hardware Co. of Bowling Green planned to show off “the eighth wonder of the world,” according to an ad placed 100 years ago in the Dec. 13, 1921, edition of the Daily News.

The event, billed as a “Big Walking Cake Demonstration,” promised that 10 ladies would stand on a plank on a five-layer cake and crush it flat. “It will rise to its natural height about five minutes afterward, then be cut and served to all present.” The gimmick was to promote a Majestic Air-Tight Oven.

– “Way Back When in Warren County” is compiled by researchers at the Warren County Public Library and appears twice weekly in the Bowling Green Daily News. For more information about the library, visit

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