Foot-long hot dog can be traced back to 1930s

Even though I am 90 years old, I have very vivid memories of my childhood years. I was born and raised in the Town of Cheektowaga. In 1933, when I was 10 years old, my parents packed us four children into our 1928 Model A Ford and we drove down South Harlem Road to a hot dog stand called Queen’s, where they served a foot-long hot dog on a foot-long roll. My dad ordered three, which we split six ways. The soft drink, which of course we could not afford, was called Queen-O. So, the foot-long hot dog and the foot-long roll were around long before 1950.

This would be the first and last time we would be treated to such a luxury because the Depression of the 1930s began to tighten its grip on all of us.

Myron B. Tomczak

Orchard Park