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90 Years in 90 Days: My Favorite Historical Photos

90 photos that define Cleveland Heights

About a month ago, my husband and I were driving up Mayfield Road. I pointed to my right and said, "You know, used to be here."

"Really?" he said.

"Yep, and if you look, you'll see the front of the building."

By this time, we were passing . He looked at the facade, and realized it included the threshold of the old .

"I would have never noticed that if you hadn't pointed it out," he said.

I would have never noticed it if I hadn't been working on the "90 Years in 90 Days" series.  For the past three months, I've been posting new and archival photos of Cleveland Heights. The information and images I found has been fascinating: the stone fence along Mayfield Road near Taylor is a remnant from the Glen Allen Estate; Fisher Bros. Grocers was a major food retailer; has beautiful murals and sculptures .

I've made a photo gallery of my favorite selections from the series. If you have any, please tell us in the comments and add them to the gallery.

Mike Rotman January 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Afi, great job on "90 Years in 90 Days" -- I enjoyed it very much! As the story about you and your husband illustrates, history can be found all around us (and not just in dusty, old textbooks) provided that we know where to look for it. The pictures you posted shed light on some really neat stories and sites from the city's past. My favorite was the 1935 picture of what is now Dave's Market at Cedar Fairmount. Having visited that store to buy groceries several times a week for the past few years, it is amazing to think that people were there doing the same thing there over 75 years ago. It makes me think about how the experiences of shoppers at Besser's fruit market and Wagner's butcher shop all those years ago compare to my visits to Dave's. I don't think they were buying Double Stuff Oreos and Cool Ranch Doritos back then, for one...
Afi-Odelia Scruggs January 05, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Thanks Mike. I too was struck by how long food stores had been located at that address. But the Fisher Bros. sign was a nice surprise. I was just walking around, looked up and there it was. I can't tell you how many times I've parked on that street. This time, I paid attention.

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