Tuesday, October 31, 2023

B&O Station

 The former B&O Station on Canal Road behind Union Terminal.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Sherwin-Williams Building

 A look at the new Sherwin-Williams Building on Public Square from Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Church of the Ascension

 Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Avenue, from last week.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Exposing Cleveland's Sin Circus

 A sordid tale from Exposing America's Sin Cities, Volume 1, Number 1, Winter, 1956, don't know if there's any other issues. I got this copy from a guy name John Wallace Skinner who once ran an Americanna store in the Caxton Building. Most of what he had was high end art, but he also had a lot of odd ephemera.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Shaker Heights Rapid Transit 12

 Shaker Heights Rapid Transit 12 at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum last month. This car was built by Kuhlman in 1914 for the Cleveland Railway Company as 1212, sold to the Shaker Rapid in 1920.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Lake Avenue

 Lake Avenue looking west from Cove, it's beginning to look autumnal.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Nickel Plate Freight Station

 The Nickel Plate Freight Station in Fremont. It appears to still be in use by Norfolk Southern.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Clifton Boulevard

 Clifton Boulevard, looking west from Cove. I hate crossing this street.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Cleveland Block

 Bricks on a railway station platform in Fremont Ohio.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Rocky Glen Lake

 Rocky Glen Lake, October 18, 2013.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Birds on a Fence

 Spotted this the other day, those little sparrows sure made quite the cacophony.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Le Dumont D'urville

 Le Dumont D'urville departing Cleveland a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Highland Manor

 An interesting looking doorway along Detroit Avenue.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Despina's Bakery

 Despina's Bakery, 11823 Detroit Avenue is a great spot for a quick cup of coffee, baked goods from Greece are the specialty here, and they're very good.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Sparky's Pizza Co

 We stopped by Sparky's Pizza Company, 1 West Main Street in Downtown Seville a few weeks back. A great little spot for lunch while visiting the nearby Northern Ohio Railway Museum.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Westbound Freight

 CSX 7026 leads a westbound stacker through Berea last Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Nay Aug Falls

 Nay Aug Falls, Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Berea Tower

 Berea Tower last Saturday afternoon.

Friday, October 13, 2023

CTS 112

 CTS 112 at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, from last month.

At A Theatre Near You

 Neighborhood listings, from the Plain Dealer, October 11, 1963.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Reading Is A Treat

 Reading garden at West 65th & Franklin, last week.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Eastbound Freight

 An eastbound Norfolk Southern freight at Berea last Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Bounce House

 We passed by a bounce house festival in Berea over the weekend.

Monday, October 9, 2023


 Trackmobile at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

St Peter's Cathedral

 St Peter's Cathedral, October 4, 2015.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Jed Ellis

 The recent passing of Jed Ellis came as a shock to me.

Jed at the English Oak Room in Cleveland Union Terminal, from Tower City Times, Spring, 1982.

I first met Jed when Todd Reeves brought him up to the RKO Palace projection room, where I was living in the summer of 1974. He was in town for the summer visiting his sister who happened to be dating our PR guy and got him a summer job at the theatres.

And did we have the task for him. In the basement of the Loew Building was a large pool of slime, caused by the overflowing grease trap from the kitchen in the former restaurant space we were using for the run of Brel. It was pretty grotty down there, a rather unpleasant aroma filled the area, plus the rats were getting sick off the slime pool, a really nasty problem none of us had the stomach to deal with. Luckily a new guy just showed up, so we sent poor Jed down there with a bucket and a shovel, and he did a great job. Welcome to Show Biz.

He was around for the rest of the summer, when he left to go return to Connecticut to finish school, he vowed to be back the following summer, and he was. Over the next several years we did all sorts of tasks together, including pumping ice water off the roof of Loew's Ohio during the spring thaws after those nasty late 1970's winters. He was one of the few people who would go the extra mile on a project that didn't pay much but would do anything to help move it forward. Saving those theatres was quite the thankless task. The people who did the actual work got none of the glory and are forgotten by the people there now. When Playhouse Square kicked us all to the curb at the end of the 70's, we both ended up at the RKO Palace in Columbus along with Ray Shepardson and some of the Cleveland gang, including Jed's mother Joan, a great lady who was Ray's secretary for a number of years. In 'Lumbus Jed, along with his future/former wife Vickie and myself rebuilt all the light fixtures there, including the large chandeliers on the mezzanine, and in the auditorium. Great to work on a project that was properly funded, unlike Playhouse Square where it was a hand-to-mouth operation.

Later we'd go our separate ways, Jed was with Ray in Louisville, before coming back to Cleveland where he worked on the English Oak Room in the Union Terminal.  Jed was a great guy, liked by everyone he met, God Bless Him.

The old theatre gang on my wedding night, Tom Bindernagel, Jed Ellis, me, Bob Bindernagel.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Cleveland Skyline

 View from the New Innerbelt Bridge.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Ohio Bell Building

 The Ohio Bell Building from the Erie Street Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Frank's Falafel House

 We like to stop by Frank's Falafel House, 1823 W 65th Street, at Franklin every so often, great lunch. They also have an all-day breakfast here. This is a great place to go.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

CTS 201

 Cleveland Transit System 201 at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum.

Monday, October 2, 2023

CSU Tower

 The Cleveland State tower, seen from Erie Street Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

St. James Church

 St. James Church, 17514 Detroit Avenue.