History of the American Street Vendor

The History of American Street Vendors

German immigrants sold Dachshund sausages from push carts in New York City’s Bowery. They were served with milk rolls and sauerkraut.

Charles Faltman opened the first Coney Island Hot Dog Stand.

Chicago:  “The Columbian Exposition.” The sausages were sold by vendors extending it outside NYC. The same year the St. Louis Browns began selling them at baseball parks.

New York Polo Grounds:  “Hot Dog” Harry Stevens began selling Dachshund’s sausages. In the press box, cartoonist Tad Dorgan was nearing his deadline and didn’t know how to spell Dachshund, so he called them hot dogs.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition:  Anton Feuchtwangwer sold sausages while wearing white gloves. When he ran out, he asked his brother-in-law, a baker, for help. The hot dog bun was improvised.

The Bertman family creates the first brown stadium mustard at Cleveland Stadium. It has received the Gold Medal at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival and has been taken on three space shuttle flights. It has been claimed the best mustard in the world.

Seven billion hot dogs are consumed between Memorial Day and Labor Day; that’s 25 for every man, woman and child in America. 150 million hot dogs are eaten on the 4th of July.

Street Meet opens on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.