This is from the Good Housekeeping 1958 #13 Breads and Sandwiches. Here is a two page spread of how to make sandwiches look like a cake. I've discussed this odd trend before, but the directions on this one are hilarious.
The top middle picture with the bread: With sharp knife, trim all crusts from top, bottom, and sides of day-old loaf unsliced white bread. Now lay loaf on side; slice lengthwise into 5 equal slices (about 1/2 inch thick). It may help to use a ruler as a guide to keep slicing straight and even.
So - 1. day old bread is good for nothing else but these weird machinations. 2. We have just been advised to use a ruler to slice bread perfectly. Where to begin commenting on this one? Better to keep going.
Bottom left photo: Spread first (bottom) slice with sharp-cheese spread. Spread second slice with half of Chicken-Salad Filling; top with tomato slices, trimming as necessary to cover filling. Spread remaining Chicken-Salad over tomato slices.
Middle photo on bottom of page: Place second slice on first slice. Spread third slice of bread with Egg-Salad Filling. Place on Chicken-Salad layer. Do not press layers together too firmly, as mixture may ooze. (Great description for a recipe, right?) Spread fourth slice with Ham-Salad Filling.
For those of you keeping count that is three fillings - chicken salad, egg salad and ham salad. I don't know about the combo. I also don't know what ham salad is and don't want to find out.
Third photo: Place fourth slice on top of Egg-Salad layer. Top loaf with last slice of bread, rounded-side up. Gently shape loaf with hands to all sides are even. Then with spatula, frost top and sides with Susan's Cream-Cheese Frosting.
Final photo on right: Top loaf with sliced radishes; sprinkle with snipped parsley. Refrigerate several hours or overnight (wouldn't bread then be two days old?) . At serving time, place on platter; garnish with water cress.
Why not just offer guests a platter of three different kinds of sandwiches and hold the nasty cream cheese frosting? Anyone want to hazard a guess as to the cholesterol in this sandwich-cake thing?
I like my cakes without ham.