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Cherub and clock above the fireplace in the Cheekwood Mansion, Nashville Tennessee.
The House that Coffee Built
Christopher Cheek founded a wholesale grocery business in Nashville in the 1880s. His son, Leslie Cheek, joined him as a partner, and by 1915 was president of the family-owned company. Leslie’s wife, Mabel Wood, was a member of a prominent Clarksville family. Meanwhile, Joel Cheek, Leslie’s cousin, had developed an acclaimed blend of coffee that was marketed through Nashville’s finest hotel, the Maxwell House Hotel. Legend has it that Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the blend “Good to the last drop,” which is still a registered trademark for the product. Cheek’s extended family, including Leslie and Mabel Cheek, were investors. In 1928, the Postum Cereals Company (now General Foods) purchased Maxwell House’s parent company, Cheek-Neal Coffee, for more than $40 million.

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago

    wonderful shot

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Terrific composition, Gena. You have a wonderful eye for that.

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    lovely image xx

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  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    A fascinating composition

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 1 year ago

    Nice moody B&W, like the title too

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 1 year ago

    great capture

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture. I like your framing of this.

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    I like the incorporation of the elements of life. Really a work that stops the mind for me.

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