Notwithstanding the past week of damn cold temperatures, the weather is getting warmer, and that means it's hot dog season. I admit to enjoying hot dogs (locally-made natural casing franks, please) all year 'round, but summer is special because hot dogs are at their best when they're cooked over coals outside.
According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, more than 730 million packages of hot dogs were sold last year at retail (this is based on an analysis of supermarket scanner data, and it's a low estimate, since it doesn't include sales at non-reporting stores like Walmart.) More than 21 million hot dogs were eaten at ballparks last season, and American soldiers stationed at military bases around the world ate an additional two and a half million wieners. And of all those hot dogs, nearly 40% of them were eaten between Memorial Day and Labor Day - Hot Dog Season.
And so, I thought it would be kind of cool to share a few old hot dog advertisements with you. These were published by the Table Supply grocery store chain in the Palm Beach [FL] Post newspaper in the 1930's.