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RE: (erielack) Logos



List - there is a story about the designer in an Erie Magazine.  IIRC it was 
designed by a locomotive fireman, possible out of Huntington.  More for the 
research to do jar. MJC

>From: "Montgomery, Edward T" <Edward.Montgomery_@_fcps.edu>
>Reply-To: "Montgomery, Edward T" <Edward.Montgomery_@_fcps.edu>
>To: "JG at graytrainpix" <graytrainpix_@_hotmail.com>,        
><erielack_@_lists.railfan.net>
>Subject: RE: (erielack) Logos
>Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 13:25:21 -0400
>
>I have heard this story as well. I believe it was originally designed by
>an Erie employee, possibly an agent, in the Midwest.
>
>Ed Montgomery
>
>
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>[mailto:erielack-owner_@_lists.Railfan.net] On Behalf Of JG at graytrainpix
>Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 9:48 PM
>To: erielack_@_lists.railfan.net
>Subject: (erielack) Logos
>
>I recall reading in Men of Erie that the Erie logo represents the sun
>(inner
>circle) shining on the four corners of the earth (outer diamond).  The
>four
>corners reflected the fact that the Erie shipped freight to all parts of
>the
>world via ocean connections.  It's possible that this symbol has a
>history
>that goes back before the Erie started using it (around what, 1920?).
>The
>"four corners of the earth" metaphor is clearly rooted in the Bible,
>e.g.
>Isaiah 11:12 in the Old Testament and Revelations 7:1 in the New.  I
>recall
>once seeing a diamond / circle logo in a Baptist church up near the
>pulpit,
>which was proportioned just like an Erie / EL / BEDT logo except for
>having
>a Christian cross inside the circle.  The religious symbolism is not
>hard to
>grasp.  I wonder which came first, the railroad's use of this symbol, or
>the
>religious use?
>
>If you want to further explore the spiritual aspects of the Erie, then
>get a
>copy of Thomas Merton's autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain.  In his
>
>early adulthood (in the 1930s), before becoming a Trappist monk and
>later a
>noted author, Merton frequently rode the Erie Limited between Jersey
>City
>and Olean on his way to visit friends upstate.  At the time, Merton was
>losing interest in being a New York City socialite and gaining interest
>in
>religion, and he describes how much he enjoyed praying the Catholic
>Liturgy
>of the Hours while riding along the Delaware west of Port Jervis.  In
>1941
>he finally committed himself to becoming a monk at the Gethsemani Abbey
>in
>Kentucky, and described his final trip from Olean (where he worked for a
>
>while as a college professor) to Louisville.  He took the PRR to Buffalo
>
>(doubleheaded K4s), then got on an NYC train via the Big Four to
>Cincinnati.
>   He recalled falling asleep near Cleveland, then woke up during the wee
>
>hours to say the Rosary, only to realize that he was in Galion and was
>crossing the Erie.
>
>So yes, despite all the rough things that the Erie has been called over
>the
>years, some people did sense the spiritual side to it.
>
>One little coincidence that made me think of all this: the word "logos"
>is
>also the Roman transliteration of the ancient Greek term for "word".
>The
>Greek term is found at the start of the ancient manuscripts for the
>Gospel
>of John, i.e. "In the beginning was the logos . . . "
>
>Jim G.
>
>
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