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Red Hot Frankfurters, 1942, Colorized

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


Pictured is Lee Ah Ding and Yee Chee Ching by a Red Hot Frankfurters stall, trying American street food for the first time. The pair are the first Chinese seamen to be granted shore leave in New York City during World War II. Lee, left, refused a Red Hot Frankfurter, but drank the Pepsi Cola. It would be another forty years before Pepsi would be introduced to China, and remains one of the best-selling drinks in the world. Bob's Cola, a brand-new soda manufacturer, lasted less than 20 years, closing in 1955. Hot dogs are still a big seller in New York. – Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: September, 1942
New York, United States
Edward Gruber
Remaster & Colorization: 
Jordan J. Lloyd
Original Format:
Negative nitrate
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Red Hot Frankfurters by Edward Gruber, 1942

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered black and white original print from our ⇲ Platinum Series.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"First Chinese seamen granted shore leave in wartime America. Chinese seamen on United Nations' vessels may now obtain shore leave in American ports. Heretofore, because of the large number of desertions by Chinese crew members, alien seamen of Chinese nationality have been detained on board when their ships touched American ports. As a result of conferences between representatives of the Chinese Embassy, the Recruitment and Manning Organization of War Shipping Administration, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, Chinese seamen may now be granted shore leave if guarantees are given that they will not desert. Lee Ah Ding (left) and Yee Chee Ching, Chinese seamen from a British freighter, try typical American food for the first time. Yee took a hot dog in stride, but Lee refused to have anything to do with this strange foreign food. He did, however, drink a Coke with relish.”

Red Hot Frankfurters, 1942, Colorized
Red Hot Frankfurters, 1942, Colorized
Red Hot Frankfurters, 1942, Colorized
Red Hot Frankfurters, 1942, Colorized

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