Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cleveland Neighborhood Theatres 1951

What was at the neighborhood theatres in Cleveland, from the Plain Dealer, July 13, 1951.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Louis Kuhn Studios

Louis Kuhn Studios were once located at 293 Eight Avenue and were known for stage drapes, wall coverings and backdrops. This ad, depicting the stage setting at Keith's Palace in Cleveland, is from Exhibitor's Trade Review, June 30, 1923.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Empress of Ireland

100 years ago today, in dense fog on the St Lawrence River the Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian steamship Storstad, 1,012 passengers and crew died. Following the collision, the Empress sank in 14 minutes, giving passengers little time to escape.
Empress of Ireland, from Cruising the Past.
How the Cleveland Plain Dealer covered the tragedy, May 30, 1914.
A Cleveland family lost in the disaster, from the Plain Dealer, May 30, 1914.
The Norwegian collier Storstad, note the damaged bow at right. Photo by William Notman & Son.
A grim task, sailors removing coffins of children recovered from the Lady Grey following the disaster, photo from the Bain News Service.

Less than three weeks later an inquiry was held with Lord Mersey presiding. After 11 days of testimony it was determined the Storstad's chief officer,  Alfred Toftenes, had altered course and that led to the disaster. Later a Norwegian inquiry was held which fixed blame on the tragedy on the crew of the Empress. In the litigation that followed the Canadian Pacific Railway, owner of the Empress, won a $2,000,000 suit against the owners of the Storstad.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Scranton Iron Furnace

A couple of views of the Scranton Iron Furnaces from last Saturday morning.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rock Crusher Pond

We hiked down to the Rock Crusher Pond yesterday. This is a remnant of the MeadowBrook Crushed Stone Company that once had a quarry at this site.
Above, what's left of the rock crusher. One of the Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Company's main products was railroad ballast.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Third Rail Insulator

A third rail insulator along the Laurel Line tracks this morning.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug falls this morning.

Nay Aug Park: Davis Trail

Davis Trail in the park this morning.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nay Aug Tunnel

The west end of Nay Aug tunnel last Sunday morning.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Electric City Trolley

Philadelphia Suburban 76 at the south end of Laurel Line tunnel on Saturday afternoon. The excursions run Thursday through Sunday at 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM through the end of October.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cleveland Electrical Exposition

The Cleveland Electriccal Exposition was held at the Wigmore Coliseum on 13th Street from May 20 through May 30, 1914. The main idea of the expo was to sell new electric appliances and inform the public about the modern wonders of electricity.
Souvenir pennant.
 From the Plain Dealer, May 20, 1914.
From the Plain Dealer, May 21, 1914.
From the Plain Dealer, May 21, 1914.
From the Plain Dealer, May 21, 1914.
From the Plain Dealer, May 29, 1914.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dickson City: Delaware & Hudson Freight Station

A few views of the Delaware and Hudson freight station in Dickson City, Pennsylvania.
Caboose 36712 is on the siding at the station. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stafford Meadow Brook

Stafford Meadow Brook on Saturday afternoon. These were taken near the Laurel Line tunnel.
Above, looking upstream. Below, looking downstream.
Hate seeing how people litter the landscape.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls this morning.

Nay Aug Park

Nay Aug Park this morning.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Band Box Theatre

Originally the Priscilla, the Band Box was on the northeast corner of 9th and Chester (Chestnut) in 1927-28. This theatre was later known as the Little Theatre of the Movies, Little Theatre, and the Empress.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 1, 1927.
Northeast corner of 9th and Chester, 1928, from the Cleveland Public Library.