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June 26, 2022

25 Gross Vintage Hot Dog Advertisements From the Mid-20th Century

For millions of Americans, summer means more hot dogs in their diet. And it seemingly always has.

The hot dog, or frankfurter, was culturally imported from Germany, but was instantly popularized in the United States, where it became synonymous with the working-class. As a top-selling street food at hot dog stands and carts, the cased meat treat also became the food face of warm weather baseball games, amusement parks, and all things American culture.

No one particular person is credited with inventing the steamed sausage roll we know today, but the earliest references of the word “hot dog” date to the late 19th century in the New Brunswick Daily Times and the New York World.

Take a look at these vintage hot dog ads, and you’ll be sure to appreciate your simple ketchup-topped all beef or vegan dog this summer.


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