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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Euclid Avenue: 1911

Euclid Avenue: 1911

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1911. "Euclid Avenue, east from Public Square." A close-up of the greenery at the base of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument seen in the previous post. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Hyperfocal Distance

I've always been impressed at the sharp focus of photos like this. Does anyone who knows more about the mechanics of cameras from this time period know if the photographers focused their cameras at the hyperfocal distance to assist in achieving this outcome?

That Euclid really got around

Here in southern California, I know of streets named for Euclid in Ontario, Fullerton, and East Los Angeles. I suppose the folks laying out roads have a liking for him and his geography geometry. And as a kid I had a die-cast model of a piece of Euclid road-building equipment.

Nice Lawn

What a well manicured lawn. Had gasoline powered lawn mowers been invented yet?

[I think the gardeners probably used a reel mower. - Dave]

Euclid, Euclid everywhere

Can someone please explain to me why so many cities have streets named Euclid? Did the "Father of Geometry" really have that many fans among city planners in the 19th Century?

K.O.T.M.

Knights of the Maccabees. A fraternal organization inspired by Judas Maccabeus. Their lodges were called "tents." Eventually morphed into an insurance company.

They seem to have drawn quite a crowd to the May Co.

[The crowd itself might be the Maccabees. There were signs all over Cleveland, including the banner across the street, welcoming delegates to the Maccabees "encampment" (the first quadrennial and 12th international convention) in July 1911. - Dave]

MACCABEES ARE IN CAMP

UNIFORM RANK DELEGATES
FROM 11 STATES GATHER.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, July 16. -- In falling rain Camp Cleveland of the national encampment of the uniform rank of the Knights of the Maccabees was formally opened in Edgewater park here today with about 500 uniformed knights present. They represent 43 divisions and 11 states. The encampment is being held in conjunction with the quadrennial review of the Supreme Tent, the national legislative body. The latter will begin its sitting next Tuesday.

In addition the Supreme Hive, ladies of the Maccabees, now in session at Atlantic City, N.J., will adjourn and come to Cleveland in a special train to take part in the social and business features of the convention. An important matter to come before the Supreme Tent is the plan for three big homes and sanitariums of the order. If favorably acted on the first institution will possibly be located in or near Cleveland, and built at a cost of from $200,000 to $300,000.

First Traffic Light

Its no wonder the first traffic light was installed at 105th and Euclid Ave.

I believe the first electric traffic light was also invented in Cleveland.

Looks like a summer day.

I feel sorry for those people, so heavily dressed. Back then the most people had to cool off would have been an electric fan blowing over ice. In that respect, it's much easier to get cool and stay cool now. But, hey, I've always been cool, heh, heh.

Working on the streetcar line

I love the guy on a ladder, apparently brought by a cart pulled by a horse, working on the streetcar line. I can imagine the old timers complaining about those new fangled electric car lines, as opposed to the good old fashioned ones pulled by horses or donkeys.

Problem solved

I had to wonder what the designs of the various flower beds were, they are insignias of different Army corps.

 
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