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Human Hair Goods: 1905

Human Hair Goods: 1905

Circa 1905. "Euclid Avenue, Cleveland." Our title is a callout to Mme. K. Peal, dealer in HUMAN HAIR GOODS: POMPADOURS, SWITCHES, WIGS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Below is the same view from July of 2016.

Returning to former glory

That building is being returned to its former glory through an extensive renovation into apartments and a Kimpton brand hotel.

Last and First

Had my last job in the USN down the street (E. 9th) to the right and my first civilian job post USN behind at 1255 Euclid. Brings back bittersweet memories of the Cleveburg I left in '77 and have not seen since. To the left on the close corner is a neat bank building with a dome and rich interior. Or was.

That's Progress

Shot from the same location. The curved corner building on the left is still there, although in *much* sadder condition. So is the tall building farther down on the right with the awnings. The lampposts seem to be getting their electricity from the same locations, although they've obviously been changed out:

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Mme. Peal

Born Katherine Kenninger in April 1854 in New York City to German immigrants. Married Theodore Peal before moving to Ohio (eldest children Arthur and Adolph were born in NY in 1863 and NJ in 1873 respectively).

Daughter Charlotte born in 1879 in Ohio, as well as Lillian (1882) and Robert (1886).

Appears to have separated from Theodore Peal at some point around 1900 (different addresses in the city directory, she lists herself Widowed, he Single in the 1900 Census)

Died Nov 26, 1923, of breast cancer in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Traffic Light

Interesting fact about Euclid Ave: the first traffic light in the U.S was installed here about 9 years later.

Oh my - there is W.C. Fields

Is that Mr. Fields standing just at the front of the horse at the left side? As usual, hand is holding the straw hat to head while his avoirdupois precedes him.

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