THE REASON FOR REDUCTION OF THE NUMBER OF HOTDOG STANDS
The decline of the number of hotdog stands is, among other things, caused by the fact that the mobile hotdog stands are being transformed into stationary stands, which makes gives them the opportunity to expand their selection. The reason for the restructuring is that it’s difficult to survive merely on the sale of hotdogs. This information I’ve collected from the administrator of hotdog stands in Odense C, Aase Hansen.
Another thing that makes the hotdog stands disappear from the streets is the fact that the communes won’t grant stalls the stands.
An example of how the politicians favour renewal of the city rather than hotdog stands is to find in Aarhus. The hotdog man in Telefontorvet has lost his licence to keep his hotdog stand in the street, because of city renewal. He has applied to be given a new place in Aarhus C, but has been rejected by Aarhus Commune. As a result, he packed the hotdog stand away for the last time at the 30thof December in 2002. And so, there are no mobile hotdog stands left in Østjylland.
THE WORD HOTDOG ORIGINS FROM…
Food historians recon that the idea of putting a sausage in a bun origins from the German Johann Georghedner. He called this food “dachshund”, and in the 1600s he sold it from his booth in Frankfurt. In 1871 the immigrant Charles Feltman brought the idea to New York, where he started selling dachshunds. In 1903 on a cold winter day in New York, the chocolate seller Harry Stevens was unable to get rid of his ice cream and cold drinks because of the winter cold. He then got the idea of selling dachshunds with heated bread, while shouting: “They’re red hot!”
The newspaper drawer Tad Dorgan heard him and made a drawing of a happy, barking and sweaty sausage in an oblong bread. As he couldn’t spell dachshund, he wrote “hot dog”on the drawing. And this is how the popular food got its name.
The text is written by Morgenavisen Jyllansposten on Sunday 10.04.05 and was used in “Pølsen – medlemsblad for Danmarks pølsehandlerforening”