Wake Forest Historical Museum

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 CONTACT: 919-556-2911

A History of Shorty’s Famous Hotdogs in Ads

Flip through this history of Shorty’s from 1919 through 1950 by clicking on each photo in the gallery. These advertisements ran in the Wake Forest College newspaper, some more than once, and all give a glimpse into the restaurant’s evolution and popularity during those exciting college years.

4 comments on “A History of Shorty’s Famous Hotdogs in Ads

  1. Marie
    June 1, 2016

    As long as I can remember there has always been a Shorty’s. Back in the 50’s the women or girls did not go in or if they did they did not sit down. The taste has never changed as most things do. Don’t mess with perfection. Thank you all for still being here after 100 yrs. and looking forward to more years.

  2. Lindsay Tiffany Nichols
    June 2, 2016

    Best hotdogs ever! Started as a sophomore at Wake Forest High School in 1966. “Women or girls” still did not go into Shorty’s but they loved the hotdogs!

  3. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016

    Hung around that joint all my life Will never forget Shorty,s Shorty Buster Wiorth. Mighty good people to me . They took care of me all the time . And don’t forget Mr Ed there farther . A very good Man . Gave me money many times to play pool . May these good friends R.I.P. Thanks for the good times

    • wakeforestmuseum
      June 19, 2016

      What a lovely comment! Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

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Tues-Fri: 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

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Remembering our friend Bill Joyner. Always with that smile. #1967Forester Atlas Ray, owner of a legendary store in the Harricanes, was among those remembered at the WFHA program on country stores. Just received several reels of 16mm film. Looks like 1950s home movies of the Demon Deacs in the Billy Barnes days!!! From the April 1961 Wake Forest phone book... instructions on how to use a dial telephone, how to dial a number, how to interpret ringing and busy signals, and what to do on a party line. Anyone else remember those days?