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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Omega Oil: 1901

Omega Oil: 1901

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1901. "Armory of the Ohio National Guard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Beautiful structure

The next time I hear someone say "they don't build up like they used to" I will automatically recall this photograph. Amazing!

Cleveland's Waste Paper

How interesting that on the ground right next to the Omega Oil "City Box for Waste Paper".....is waste paper.

The Interior

I would love to know what the interior of the building looked like. What were the units that drilled there and where did they serve?

Cleveland Amory

There was this tale from the early 1960s when the TV Critic Cleveland Amory was scheduled to appear on the NBC "Today" show, and somehow a garbled work order went out to prepare the Cleveland Armory for a live telecast for that date! I suspect that it must have been a newer structure than this one.

The function of the towers

I wonder if the Armory had a stockpile of cauldrons full of boiling oil, to pour down on attackers?

I hate to ask

But what replaced it?

[The Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Office Building. -tterrace]

At least we have this photograph

Torn down in 1965.
What a shame.
May this Shorpy posting live forever!

Thirty Seven Pounds

My word, what a ... remarkable building! There's thirty seven pounds of architectural detail just in the photograph alone!

 
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