A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 04, 2013
Hot Doggery

A “hot doggery” is a place that sells hot dogs. “Hot doggery” has been cited in print since at least 1914.

“Hot doggery” also means the characteristics of a hot dog or hot-dogging (showing off). “Exponents of hot-doggery” was cited in a 1962 book about surfing.


(Oxford English Dictionary)
hot doggery, n.
Etymology:  < hot dog n. + -ery suffix.
U.S.
1. A stall, restaurant, or other establishment selling hot dogs.
1923 McKean County Miner (Smethport, Pa.) 30 Aug. 1/6 Six concessions, including a refreshment stand, cane rack, blanket lottery, hot doggery, and ball-throwing rack were on hand.
1938 New Eng. Q. 11 197 Vermont has no super-highways and amazingly few billboards and hot-doggeries.
2. slang. Behaviour characteristic of a hot dog (hot dog n. 2); showing off, hot-dogging.
1962 D. Muirhead Surfing in Hawaii 82 They also want to do head dips,..whip-turns, head stands, hand stands, riding backward,..and other improvisations of the fertile minds of the top exponents of hot-doggery.

Chronicling America
27 January 1914, Washington (DC) Times, pg. 10, col. 3:
Hot Doggeries May Lead to High Places in the World of Baseball
(Another slightly earlier January 1914 citation in this publication is illegible—ed.)

16 July 1919, The Enquirer-Sun (Columbus, GA), pg. 6, cols. 3-4:
Deponent discovered the entire bunch in a local hot doggery, where, they declared, they were partaking of a “heavy” meal after light refreshments at a local gents haberdashery.

23 August 1919, The Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA), “On the Margin” by Yorick, pg. 4, col. 2:
And I fear that before the promised “substitute” is firmly established the soft-drink parlors, the sofaterias, the ice cream counters, the gingerale joints, the lemonaderies, the malted-milkeries, the coca-coleries, the sundae-schooleries, the hot-doggeries, the cold-bottleries, will mnopolize the thirst trade, leaving nothing for the kind that I had fondly hoped to see here.

29 December 1920, New Castle (PA) News, “Hot Dogs Must Find Big Sale,” pg. 10, col. 1:
As the old popular song started “East Side, West Side, all around the town” and the hot doggeries are certainly all around the town.

30 August 1923, McKean Democrat (Smethport, PA), “Grange Picnic A Great Success,” pg. 1, col. 6:
Six concessions, including a refreshment stand, some park blanket lottery, hot doggery, and ball throwing rack were on hand and close by.

Google Books
Saturday Review
Volume 1
1924
Pg. 875:
Alongside a main road, and with a realtor’s development (called “Dreamland") near by, and a ganglion of hot doggeries on the pike a few rods distant, it won’t preserve much longer its magical feeling of solitary blessing.
(Written by Christopher Morley—ed.)

Google Books
Hearst’s International Combined with Cosmopolitan
Volume 79
1925
Pg. 37:
At noontime, keeping in character, he lunched on frankfurters and pop at a hot doggery.

Google Books
On Wandering Wheels, Through Roadside Camps from Maine to Georgia in an Old Sedan Car
By Jan Gordon and Cora Gordon
New York, NY: Dodd, Mead & Co.
1928
Pg. 223:
They drive themselves stupid, drive themselves sick, drive on with a friend prodding them in the ribs to keep them awake; they boast of their somnolence in camp grounds and at Hot Doggeries, places where motorists meet.

Googel Books
Surfing in Hawaii:
A Personal Memoir

By Desmond Muirhead
Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Press
1962
Pg. 82:
They also want to do head dips, nose walking, toes over’s, whip-turns, head stands, hand stands, riding backward, tandem surfing, Quasimodos, Mysteriosos, El Spontaneos and other improvisations of the fertile minds of the top exponents of hot-doggery.

OCLC WorldCat record
Hot doggery : featuring the versatile hot dog in a collection of inflation-fighting recipes design to please all tastes
Author: Gerene Reid
Publisher: Deming, Wash. : Rubicon Press, ©1977.
Edition/Format: Book : English

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