PHOEBE SNOW | Monroe County Historic Photo Album

Phoebe Snow was a figure in an advertising campaign for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. She was an auburn-haired traveler who always wore a white dress, white hat and white gloves to promote the clean way to travel: By train.

The DL&W used anthracite coal as fuel instead of the soft coal which other train companies used. Anthracite, or hard coal, burned much cleaner, was dustless and was found in abundance in northeast Pennsylvania.

Phoebe Snow had many poems and rhymes to advertise for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. The first was:

Says Phoebe Snow about to go
Upon a trip to Buffalo
“My gown stays white from morn till night
Upon the Road of Anthracite”

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