"Hot Dog" (1893, 1897); Hamburgers & Trilby Sandwich

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Mar 8 15:08:00 UTC 2007

    "Hot dog" from 1893? In Tennessee? Let's check the hard copy of the newspaper first to be sure that the date is correct.  If the 1893 date pans out, this would be an important antedating. And since Barry traced "hot dog" (hot sausage in a bun) back to 1895 (with an indication of its origin in 1894) at Yale, the question arises: What is the earlier attestation doing in a Tennessee newspaper?
    In any case, great work, Barry.
Gerald Cohen


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Subject: "Hot Dog" (1893, 1897); Hamburgers & Trilby Sandwich

I've subscribed to Newsbank's _www.genealogybank.com_
(http://www.genealogybank.com <http://www.genealogybank.com/> )  service, for only  about $10 a month. It has the newspapers in
Newsbank's "America's Historical  Newspapers" (that no local Texas library
subscribes to, despite my UT and Texas  State). This database has the Dallas Morning
News, and it's good to finally have  home access.
28 September 1893, Knoxville (TN) <i>Journal</i>, "The  (They?--ed.) Wore
Overcoats," pg. 5:
It was so cool last night that the appearance of overcoats was common, and 
stoves and grates were again brought into comfortable use. Even the 
weinerwurst men began preparing to get the "hot dogs" ready for sale  Saturday night.
11 April 1897, Kansas City (MO) Star, pg. 2:
_What Trilby Sandwiches, "Hot Dogs" and_
_"High Balls" Are._
Kansas City, Mo., April 9, 1897.--To the Star: What is a "Trilby sandwich?" 
What does a young man mean when he says to his friend, "Let's go get a hot
dog?"  What is a "high ball?"  ANXIOUS MOTHER
A "hot dog" is a sliced bun and wienerwurst. The origin of the term goes 
back to the current facetiousness of university towns.

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