The Old Man told me this:
“When I was a boy, the main cheese we could buy was American cheese. It was similar to Cheddar, and the cheeses were big and round. In the shop it was cut with an implement that consisted of a wire one end of which was wrapped round a wooden handle or peg, and the other end of which was attached to the wall. The cheese was put onto a board, and the handle protected the fingers of the shop-assistants when they pulled the wire towards themselves to cut through the cheese. Smaller pieces of cheese they cut with a knife.
“Danish cheese was similar to American, but a slightly different colour. There was also Empire cheese.”
[Original posting 23 October 2009]