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Exhibitions: Lunch Hour NYC: Hot Dog Carts

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Edward Beller, one of the creators of the first stainless-steel hot dog cart, shares his memories.

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Hot Dog Push Cart

I love the amount of detail he goes into in this video. It's amazing how many subtle and precisely thought-out decisions go into a well-designed item - whether that is a dress or a hot dog push cart. He gives each decision its due - the wheels, the umbrella, the colors, the warming unit and the ability to sustain itself through hours and hours of constant and multi-seasoned use. Each of these decisions, once made, in retrospect seems obvious, but as a designer, I can tell you that it is anything but. To have created something in 1949 that is still highly functioning, and great-looking is a real tribute to him. Great idea to interview him. His story shows the optimism of real entrepreneurship - the American Dream wrapped up in a warm bun! Thanks, Ed and thanks NYPL!