The legend of PHOEBE SNOW,

Not many still know…

Anthracite burns

Cleanly, in turn,

Won’t stain a white dress you know!

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western,

An Eastern railroad’s suggestion…

The advertising ploy

Their business to buoy,

They hauled the stuff and their own steam locos. digestion!

Phoebe Snow–played by a real person,

Had rhymes made up for each version…


Upon entraining,

Reading the latest one sent!

—-Jonathan Caswell

A Google image of a typical example of the many rhymes and illustrations put out by the DL&W for their PHOEBE SNOW ad campaign.


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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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