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History of the Hot Dog



Highlights
Few foods hold the cultural significance of the great American hot dog. From ballparks to airports
to home kitchens, hot dogs are one of America’s favorite foods.
5000 B.C. - First recorded history of a primitive version of the sausage made and consumed by
early meat eaters.
1630s
Much like Einstein split the atom, the sausage is divided into links. The skinless
sausage makes its first appearance soon after.
1834
The phrase “It’s a dog-eat-dog world” is coined.
1852
The frankfurter is born when a butchers’ guild in Frankfurt, Germany introduces a
spiced and smoked sausage packed in a thin, almost transparent casing.
1860s
Frankfurters are sold from pushcarts in New York City.
1890s
German immigrant Charles Feltman serves hot sausages in a roll from his pushcart on
Coney Island.
1901
Harry Mozley Stevens, a concessionaire at the New York Polo Grounds, sells hot
“dachshund sausages” by having his vendors yell, “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!”
Sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan was nearing his deadline and desperate for an idea.
Hearing the above vendors, he hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages
nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell “dachshund” he simply wrote “hot dog!”
The cartoon was a sensation, and the term “hot dog” was born.
1904
Antoine Ludwig Feutchwanger, a concessionaire at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition,
distributes white gloves to his customers so they can eat his hot sausages without
burning their fingers. When his gloves are not returned, he consults a baker who
creates a bun for the sausage.
1906
Unable to spell “Dachshund,” syndicated Hearst newspaper cartoonist Tad Dorgan
coins the term “hot dog.”
1913
Coney Island Chamber of Commerce bans the term “hot dog” because of the fear that
people would think they were actually made from dogs.
1939
President Franklin D. Roosevelt serves hot dogs and beer to King George VI of
England. Frankfurter is appointed to the Supreme Court by President Roosevelt,
which prompts the hamburger to hunger for revenge.
1957
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce designates the month of July as National Hot Dog
Month. Queen Elizabeth II serves hot dogs at a royal banquet held for the American
Bar Association.
1961
Wienerschnitzel opens its first hot dog restaurant in Wilmington, California.
1970
Prince Charles and Princess Anne attend a cookout at Camp David where hot dogs are
served.
1977
Mrs. Jimmy Carter serves hot dogs at a White House picnic. 1987
Frankfurt celebrates the “official” 500th birthday of the hot dog.
1993
Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado, sets the record for the most hot dogs sold at a
single location with 2.3 million hot dogs and bratwurst.
1995
Approximately 17 billion hot dogs are eaten in the United States, about 75 for every
man, woman, and child.


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