Sunday, September 27, 2009

SWEENEY and CHESSIE (for Pet Pride)


When I was a little kid, my dad regularly had to travel for his job, and often went overnight by train. He always brought me home souvenirs of his travels - tiny bars of soap from the hotels, postcards and other treasures. What I prized most was anything with the Chessie kitten it, the logo of the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad. The other day, I found Sweeney napping in the classic "Chessie kitten" pose. Of course, but the time I got my camera, she'd moved her leg, but I still think she looks like my beloved childhood kitty.

The Chessie kitten logo with the phrase, "You'll sleep like a kitten on the C & O" was introduced in the early 1930s, and remains one of the most successful American advertising campaigns of all time. Shown here are the original drawing, and the logo graphic. If any train buffs want to read more about the history of the appealing logo and the C & O system, here's a LINK.






To visit with more pets around the world, visit PET PRIDE, hosted by our pals magiceye and Bozo in Mumbai. Thanks guys!

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, such a great shot, Deborah! Sweeney does look like Chessie! I love it! Makes me want to take a nap even though I just got up!!!

You and Sweeney have a great day!

Sylvia, Sam and Mojo

LadyFi said...

Your cat looks very comfortable indeed!

bobbie said...

Sweeny is a sweety.

Villas Girl said...

Hi Deborah! Sweeney doesn't look like 'Chessie' napping. Very beautiful cat. Lisa

Quiet Paths said...

Now this is just Über cute.

Dianne said...

awwww Sweeney, you look so peaceful and content

life is good eh?

love
Mia

Carolina said...

That is so sweet ;-)

jabblog said...

What a sweet post!Love the photograph and the line drawing.

JD and Max said...

Hi Deborah - Sweeney really does look like Chessie, what a wonderful capture! Super cute. Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

ADORABLE kitty photos ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Deb, My Dad worked for the railroad --so we took our vacations by train (since he got free passes). When I was about 8, we traveled by train from VA to CA --to my brothers' wedding. We were gone for 2 weeks and it was so memorable. I love trains to this day.

I remember the Chesapeake and Ohio... Don't remember the kitty though. What a cute picture. Your kitty is precious also.
Hugs,
Betsy

Lin Floyd said...

cute logo

Gattina said...

What a sweet advertisement ! I would sleep very well, lol ! and your kitty looks like on the add.

Anya said...

Such a lovely story :))))
Cute post and beautiful pictures from a Cute Cat
hugs from
Kareltje =^.^=

Rose said...

I have always loved that symbol...my husband says he does not see the kitty and I cannot tell if he is teasing me or not.

Quackster said...

Nice capture and I can see the similarities.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What a sweet photo of Sweeney, too bad she moved her arm.