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Rheumatic Liberator: 1900

Rheumatic Liberator: 1900

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. "Epworth Memorial Church." The title for this post, continuing today's mini-trend, comes from some barely visible signage. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The Uneeda biscuit

was developed in the 1890s by Nabisco and was the first boxed cracker to be sealed for freshness in interfolded wax paper. They were discontinued in 2009 after over 110 years on the market.

Product Placement

I hope the house behind those billboards wasn't the Parsonage.

Hungry all of a sudden.

I think Ineeda Biscuit.


Getting to the point that having some of that "liberating" elixir might be just the thing each morning. Wonderful windows, really well done and proportioned. Hopefully, they and the Church are still existing.

Willson Avenue and 55th

Cleveland changed north-south running roads to numbers in 1905. Willson became East 55th. I believe the cross street is Euclid.

A color shot of the church (postcard style)

I realized after looking closely at this picture that I COULD walk into it and stroll around without too much chronological dismay (as long as I found the right outfit), as I have been places that have dirt roads, not too much development etc. But could they do the same in 2011? I wonder -- the changes of over 100 years would probably be too jarring for the 1900 psyche, I imagine.

[The streets shown here are paved, with bricks and slush. - Dave]

Changing the lamp

Interesting method for moving the street light over on a traveler cable to change the bulb. Then move it back. Never have to try and erect a ladder in the middle of the street. Now you use a "cherry picker" truck.

[There's no bulb in a carbon arc lamp. The electrodes get trimmed, and eventually replaced. - Dave]

Ahh! All the more reason to make it easy to get at. I bet the electrodes have to be adjusted from time to time too. Thanks for the info Dave. Always an education when I come here.

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