Chessie the Cat Railroad Advertisements (1930s - 1940s)
Chessie the Cat Railroad Advertisements
(United States, 1930s-1940s)
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On this page we present magazine advertisements featuring "Chessie the Cat", one of the best know railroad advertising mascots.  Chessie, named after the railroad merger combining the assets of the Chesapeake and Ohio and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads was a fixture in their ads starting in 1933.  Future ads even featured her "Old Man" and kittens.

We have heard two stories on how Chessie came about.  The first is that an advertising man for the railroad saw a kitten sleeping next to a newspaper and came up with the idea of "Sleep like a kitten" to promote the comfort of their passenger service.  The other story is that Chessie was an abandoned kitten rescued by one of their train crew who named her after the railroad.   For us, the second story sounds much more appealing!


Price per print: Print Only:  As shown
Matting Charge:  $30
Framing & Matting Charge:  $140
Dimensions: Print Only:  11 x 14 inches
Matted:  14 x 18 inches
Type of print: Original advertisement (over 50 years old)
Year: 1930s - 1940s

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Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420017)
"Trump in travel"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420018)
"You'll wish you could look both ways at once"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420019)
"Chessie - Sleep Warden of the American Traveler"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420020)
Chessie Christmas Ad


Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420021)
"Chessie Invites You"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420022)
"Sleep like a kitten ... arrive Fresh as a Daisy"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420023)
"Look ... A Total Summer Eclipse"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420024)
"Black Power for the Red, White and Blue"


Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420025)
"Will a cute little kitten ..."

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420026)
"Porter !!..."

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420027)
"The eyes of George Washington ..."

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420028)
"The salt that lured the bison ..."


Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420029)
"America's Sleepheart"

Chessie the Cat Ads (No. 60420030)
"... and don't forget Chessie"