Growing up in the early 1960’s my mom had a bread box on the kitchen counter where we would store our bread, and with my brother and I having sandwiches every day we would usually go through a loaf a bread a week.
Once I moved out on my own a loaf of bread would last me a couple of weeks, and finding a moldy piece of bread or two at the end of the loaf was not at all unusual. As a result I started storing my bread in the fridge and the problem by and large went away.
So why do people use a bread box and not just store their bread in the fridge? Tradition? Do they go through so much bread that it never has a chance to go bad? Are they trying to save space in their fridge for more perishable items?
The biggest problem for me having a bread box would be where to put it since it would take up a good chunk of my precious counter space.