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Washington's Finest: 1927

Washington's Finest: 1927

1927. "Skinned frankfurts, made in Washington, D.C." What Bismarck said about laws and sausages: It turns out you can watch them (or not watch them) being made in the same place. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Her expression

Here is a woman who has heard ever wiener joke known to Man and is not amused.

True, most modern franks

do taste and feel like mush. But if that's the only kind of hot dogs you know, you really should try a good, old-fashioned brand like Nathan's, Hebrew National, Sabrett, or Boar's Head. The meat for each of these is finely chopped, not emulsified, and the texture is completely different. Yuh-UM! I'm making myself hungry.


If you are from New York City, the correct pronunciation is FRANK-FRUTTER.

Without a net!

Or gloves. Jaw desperately clenched against a retch as the eyes plead: "Don't buy these. Don't eat these. What has been seen in this awful place may never be unseen."


Attributed to Bismarck since the 1930s, the laws-and-sausages gem actually comes from the poet John Godfrey Saxe.

The background machinery is a clue

Could this be Mr. Dunderbeck's daughter?


They still make these, they're called "Old Fashion Hot Dogs", and can be found in some exclusive butcher meat markets. They explode with juice when you bite them!

Wise Men Say

That anyone that worked in a sausage factory never ate one again.


I'll bet those didn't taste like mush the way modern frankfurters do.

Wipe that grin off your face mister.

Sadly, Margaret was the only one who could even mention her job title of "Wiener Inspector" with a straight face.

I Guess I Was Wrong

because I thought baloney was the only product coming out of Washington!


"Don't smile, just hold the sausages."

They probably had that good, old-fashioned fat content and were delicious.

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