The Maxwell Street Foundation seeks funds for the conservation of the first in its collection of signs: the Vienna Beef Hot Dog sign. Collected by members of the Maxwell Street Foundation c. 1995 after the Maxwell Street Market was closed at its historic sight, the iconic hot dog sign speaks to the Vienna Beef company’s history in the Maxwell Street neighborhood following its debut of the Vienna sausage at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, through to 1970. From a storefront at 1217 S. Halsted that expanded to include a manufacturing facility one city block in length, the availability of the product is one reason Maxwell Street had a hot dog stand on nearly every corner. Attributed to Gus Korn, a commercial artist who hand-painted signs for the Vienna Beef company from the 1950s-1980s, the sign is 3′ x 4′ in size with dirt and fractures that now threaten its integrity. In order to help us conserve and preserve an authentic piece of Maxwell Street, please go to the Support Us page of our website and send a safe donation through our DONATE button at http://maxwellstreetfoundation.org/support-us/
Or write to us at Maxwell Street Foundation, P.O. Box 4307, Chicago, IL 60680-4307. The Maxwell Street Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and donations are tax deductible.
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