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Chessie the Railroad Kitten Chesapeake & Ohio Railways (C&O Railroad) Mascot Vintage 1976 “Sleep Like A Kitten...” Slogan Guido Gruenwald Imagery/Erica Wilson Needlework Picture Completed & Framed Under Glass  <b><span style='color:red'> USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!</span></b><span style='color:purple'>

Title   Chessie the Railroad Kitten Chesapeake & Ohio Railways (C&O Railroad) Mascot Vintage 1976 “Sleep Like A Kitten...” Slogan Guido Gruenwald Imagery/Erica Wilson Needlework Picture Completed & Framed Under Glass USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!

Seller ID   Chessie the Railroad Kitten Needlework

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Item/Description: Vintage 1976 “Chessie the Railroad Kitten” Chesapeake & Ohio Railways (C&O Railroad) mascot framed crewel needlework picture.

This darling little kitty-cat was the official mascot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railways company, whose slogan associated with it was ”Sleep Like a Kitten and Wake Up Fresh as a Daisy in Air-Conditioned Comfort”.

The original imagery of Chessie was derived from a famous etching by Viennese artist Guido Gruenwald, and this particular completed crewel embroidery needlework was from a pattern created by Erica Wilson and the Columbia Minerva Corp.

***Highly cross-collectible, this darling kitten needlework runs the gamut of collectibility - from animals/cats collectors, to advertising memorabilia aficionados to transportation/railroads enthusiasts to crafts & needlework connoisseurs!

Age/Period: Vintage - 1976 (1970s)

Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Lower edges of needlework, which are visible from the reverse side, are marked “No. 7644 Erica Wilson 1976 - Columbia Minerva Corp.”

Material(s)/Format: Wood-framed, glass-enclosed, linen crewel embroidery needlework.

Size/Measurements:

*Needlework measures 14"W x 11"H

*Frame measures 14 7/8"W x 11 7/8"H

Quantity: One (1)

Condition: Needlework is in pristine condition, having been well-protected all these years within its glass-encased frame! Wooden frame and glass insert are also in excellent condition.

Excerpted Research Information about “Chessie the Railroad Kitten” (attributed to Wikipedia.org): “Chessie was a popular cat character used as a symbol of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Derived from an etching by Viennese artist Guido Gruenwald, the image first appeared in an advertisement in the September 1933 issue of Fortune magazine with the slogan ‘Sleep Like a Kitten and Wake Up Fresh as a Daisy in Air-Conditioned Comfort’.

When the ad generated a positive response, the railroad developed an advertising campaign around the image and chose the name Chessie as a derivation of the railroad's name. The promotion proved widely popular and, in addition to national print advertising, grew to include calendars, clothing, and even two children's books about the character. Chessie acquired two kittens named ‘Nip" and "Tuck’ in 1935, as well as a mate named ‘Peake’ in 1937. During World War II, the Chessie character was used to promote War Bonds and support for the war effort, depicted as working on the home front to support Peake, who was off to war. The Chessie image continued to appear in advertising until 1971 when passenger train travel was consolidated under Amtrak.

When in 1972 the C&O merged with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Western Maryland Railway, the newly formed company was named the Chessie System after the popular image and adopted the ‘Ches-C’ logo, which incorporated the silhouette of the kitten into the ‘C’ of the railroad's name. The Chessie System later merged with other railroads to become the CSX Corporation. Though the Chessie logo is no longer found in advertising and was phased out of usage on trains, Chessie is still the mascot of the CSX Corporation, and there are many examples of rolling stock that still feature the kitten logo, having yet to be repainted.”

Excerpted Research Information about Erica Wilson (attributed to www.EricaWilson.com web site): “To millions of needle workers, Erica Wilson is America's First Lady of stitchery. A graduate of the Royal School of Needlework in London, Erica was invited to teach in the United States in 1954. News of her classes spread and she was soon teaching groups all over America in classes, lectures and seminars. Amongst her celebrity students were the wives of Thomas Watson, founder of IBM, Mrs. Rodney Proctor who's husband was CEO of Proctor and Gamble, Dorothy Doubleday of the publishing firm, Julie Nixon, Rosie Greer and many others.

When students confessed they couldn't remember all the stitches she taught them, Erica wrote her first book "Crewel Embroidery" published in 1962 by Charles Scribner's Sons, which subsequently sold over one million copies! Since then she has written sixteen other books and produced and starred in two television series for WGBH seen on PBS nationally and the BBC in England and Australia.

Her television series and books brought her fame on both sides of the Atlantic. She opened her first store in Nantucket, which has become a "must visit" attraction for the past 45 years. She became the exclusive designer for a national kit manufacturer, designed sheets, fabrics and wallpaper, wrote a bi-weekly syndicated column and became the spokesperson for a national organization teaching needlework by party plan. She has produced four videos on needlepoint, quilting, knitting and cross stitch. Erica designed and manufactured exclusive needlepoint kits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as her own wholesale collection available in through fine Needlework shops.

Her shop in Nantucket is a Mecca for needlework enthusiasts and now, together with her daughter, Vanessa Diserio, they have turned the shop into a destination for chic jewelry, casual and elegant clothing, Eres swim wear and accessories.

Erica and her husband, Vladimir Kagan, the well-known modern furniture designer, divide the time between their homes in Nantucket, Palm Beach and New York. They have three children and six granddaughters.”

 

Price = 72.99 USD


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