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Bustling Cleveland: 1911

Bustling Cleveland: 1911

Cleveland, Ohio, in 1911. "Euclid Avenue." Painless dentists and quick-service lunchrooms in easy walking distance. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

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Below is the same view from July of 2016.


Actually, Browning's pistol was adopted in 1911, hence the name. It had been around for some time previously in various forms.

What is the tower on the Hippodrome? Radio communications? Broadcasting was almost 10 years in the future.

[Probably a wireless telegraphy mast. Many other contemporary examples can be seen atop urban buildings in Shorpy photos. -tterrace]

Wheels of Time

The wheels on the cars, closest on the left, have wheel hubs that appear not unlike those on a chariot in King Tut's tomb. While roller ball bearings were being produced before 1911, it seems like the car makers couldn't quite figure out how to use them.

Lost & Found

Bennet Fish is not the place for lobster or halibut but was actually a haberdashery. Its ampersand would be hiding behind that flag.

Wearing them out

I would swear that trams identical to those pictured were still running on St. Clair Avenue in the late 1940s. Other lines (like the Rapid Transit from downtown to Shaker Square) had newer equipment, but the clunkers with rattan seats and open vestibules were my daily transport to kindergarten and first grade. My first wallet (fashioned of genuine imitation leather) contained but one thing: my trolley pass.


Looking at this photo, it is kind of hard to believe this was the same year that John Moses Browning invented the 1911 semiautomatic pistol.

Chandler & Rudd

Part (about 2/3) of the Chandler & Rudd building on the right of the photo survives. It's the red building on streetview.

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Here is an article about the relocated Chandler & Rudd specialty grocery business closing after 145 years, although they later reopened as online-only.

The Euclid Arcade survives (a point of confusion, there were/are several Arcades near each other), but the old Hippodrome was demolished in 1981.

The photo was shot looking east from the southeast corner of Public Square. The box on the westbound trolley wire is a sensor to allow motormen to throw the switch remotely when approaching the square. This was done by either having power on or coasting when the trolley pole passed through the sensor.

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