Friday, March 26, 2010

The More Things Change: Images of Cleveland in the 1940s/1950s

Explore 1940s/50s Cleveland: the Jasper Wood Collection

JWC Cuban Cigar photo
Jasper Wood Collection:
Cuban Cigar Co.
A regular at the jazz spots on Scovill Avenue (Central/Woodland area) in the early 1940s, Jasper Wood was intimately familiar with the neighborhood's residents by the time he started taking their photographs in 1946. Click here to view Wood's extraordinary collection of photographs of this vanished neighborhood, including a rare photograph of noted American boogie-woogie pianist Arthur ‘Montana' Taylor, perhaps Scovill's most famous resident.

The collection also includes images of West 25th Street and Ohio Amish Country. Wood's 1953 poetic film, Streetcar (viewable here: Part 1, Part 2), documents Cleveland streetcars just before service ended in 1954. Click here to read about Jasper Wood and the Scovill Avenue area. Click on any of the following subjects to browse other collections of images of Cleveland's Flats, Euclid Avenue, Edgewater Park, University Circle and the ClevelandFire Department.

From the Cleveland Public Library Home Page.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is amazing - Muse should use this in the next issue


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau