Fact File about the Invention of the Hot Dog: Invention: Hot Dog *** Date of Invention: 1867 *** Name of Inventor: Charles Feltman *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1841 - 1910 *** Nationality of Inventor: German-American *** Historical Period: Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian (1850 - 1914) *** Category: Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Charles Feltman, and the invention of the Hot Dog ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Hot Dog? The Hot Dog was invented by Charles Feltman in 1867 during the Second US Industrial Revolution era of inventions (1850 - 1914).
Fact 2: Who invented the Hot Dog? Prior to the invention of the Hot Dog
in 1867, a favorite fast food was the sandwich which
had been invented by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1762. Pastries
and pies were other types of convenient snacks that provided the opportunity to
'eat on the go' - but were nearly always served cold.
Fact 3: Who invented the Hot Dog? The hamburger,
invented by Charlie Nagreen, did not appear until 1885. An Italian called Raffaele Esposito invented the modern
Pizza in 1889.
Fact 4: Who invented the Hot Dog? The hot dog became popular as a
fast, tasty snack as the culinary needs of America changed during the
Industrial Revolution (1850 - 1914) when people moved to the industrialized
cities and created a demand for affordable food that could be consumed outside of
Fact 5: Who invented the Hot Dog? The origin of the hot dog is a subject
of fierce debate but it is believed that the frankfurter that often served as
the sausage in a hot dog originated in the city of Frankfurt in Germany in 1487,
five years before Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world.
Fact 6: Who invented the Hot Dog? There is no dispute that a great
variety of sausages were brought from Europe by immigrants to America. One such
immigrant was a German called Charles Feltman who emigrated to America in 1856.
Fact 7: Who invented the Hot Dog? The inventor of the Hot Dog, Charles Feltman, was born on November 8, 1841 in Hanover, Germany and died on September 20, 1910
in Brooklyn, New York.
Fact 8: Who invented the Hot Dog? The early years of Charles Feltman were spent in Hanover, Germany where he was raised by his family. Charles Feltman
received a basic education and did not undertake higher education.
Fact 9: Who invented the Hot Dog? Following his education his first job was as a
baker and pie maker in the family business. At the age of 15 Charles Feltman
immigrated to America and made his home in New York.
Fact 10: Who invented the Hot Dog? In 1829 a bridge and road had been
built connecting Coney Island to the mainland, a ferry made it even more
accessible and people began taking vacations there, away from the city. In 1868
a resort was built and a railway was added in 1878 making Coney Island a
favorite destination for holiday makers who enjoyed a trip to the beaches.
Fact 11: Who invented the Hot Dog? Charles Feltman saw the potential of
the tourist trade and in 1867 started selling pies from a pushcart to
beachgoers. Competition for selling food increased and Feltman's pie business
began to suffer. He decided to stop selling pies and to specialize in just one
hot sandwich (his little cart was too small to carry a large variety of foods
and cooking equipment).
Fact 12: Who invented the Hot Dog? Charles Feltman designed his hot
sandwich using a frankfurter, a type of smoked-beef-and-pork sausage, topped
with the traditional German toppings of sauerkraut and mustard which he served
in a roll.
Fact 13: Who invented the Hot Dog? Charles Feltman was convinced his
customers would enjoy his hot, convenient food and installed a small charcoal
stove in his pushcart enabling him to boil his sausages in a kettle. He called
his sausage on a split roll 'frankfurter sandwiches'.
Fact 14: Who invented the Hot Dog? The hot 'frankfurter sandwiches' were
a great success and Feltman reportedly sold 3,684 frankfurter sandwiches during
his first year in business.
Fact 15: Who invented the Hot Dog? Charles Feltman ditched his pushcart
and opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand on a 200 by 150 foot plot. He
went on to extend the plot to 1,200 feet and opened his own restaurant called
Feltman's German Beer Garden.
Fact 16: Who invented the Hot Dog? The origin of the name 'Hot Dog' is
obscure but the famous German dachshund has a long, curved body that resembled
the shape of a sausage - hence the name 'Hot Dog'. The sausages were called a
variety of names including frankfurters, red hots, weiners and dachshund
sausages but the short, simple name of Hot Dog stuck.
Fact 17: Who invented the Hot Dog? The Hot Dog nickname was further
popularised in 1906 by a syndicated Hearst cartoonist called Tad Dorgan who drew
a cartoon of a dachshund, with mustard being sold by the calls of barking
Fact 18: Who invented the Hot Dog? The success of the restaurant enabled
Charles Feltman to build a mini-empire with a hotel, restaurants, food stands,
beer gardens, bars and amusements.
Fact 19: Who invented the Hot Dog? Charles Feltman died on September 20, 1910
in Brooklyn New York. His sons Charles L. Feltman and Alfred F. Feltman and
grandson Charles A. Feltman continued the business until the 1950's - all made
possible by the invention of the Hot Dog.