1952 Wienermobile

Summary

Carl Mayer, nephew of the company's namesake, created the first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in 1936. In the years since, more than a dozen Wienermobiles have promoted the brand at stores, parades and festivals. Spokesman George Molchan, playing the character "Little Oscar," traveled with the Wienermobile from 1951 to 1987. Today the vehicles are accompanied by college interns known as "hotdoggers."

Carl Mayer, nephew of the company's namesake, created the first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in 1936. In the years since, more than a dozen Wienermobiles have promoted the brand at stores, parades and festivals. Spokesman George Molchan, playing the character "Little Oscar," traveled with the Wienermobile from 1951 to 1987. Today the vehicles are accompanied by college interns known as "hotdoggers."

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1952

Creators

Chrysler Corporation. Dodge Division 

General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Division 

Gerstenslager Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Wooster 

Creator Notes

Body made by Gerstenslager Company in Wooster, Ohio on an early 1950s Dodge chassis with a Chevrolet 350 V8 engine.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Wienermobile

Object ID

91.143.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation.

Material

Fiberglass
Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Rubber (Material)
Glass (Material)
Plastic (Organic material)

Color

Reddish orange
Yellow
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 122 in

Width: 75 in

Length: 266 in

Inscriptions

Sides: Oscar / Mayer / YELLOW BAND WIENERS

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