Cleveland 1960

In June, 1960, Robert S. Wyly traveled to Cleveland for a professional conference. As he recalls, it was a meeting of the American Society of Sanitary Engineers. Robert often tried to find a few hours away from his conference obligations while traveling, and always tried to see a bit of the city. Most times he brought his camera. This time he went to the observation deck at the top of the Terminal Tower complex, and took a series of Kodachrome slides from nearly every direction. His lens and his eye caught "the quintessential blue-collar, working-class American city" at its peak, before the "massive and traumatic deindustrialization" of a region and a city "thoroughly restructured around the prerequisites of post-Fordism." (Warf and Holly, 1997, p. 208). About forty-five years later, I discovered these rare and valuable snapshots of a city -- a particular concentration of society and space, of people, place and time -- that no longer exists. Viewing these images today, with the full knowledge of all of our understanding of what deindustrialization has meant for the last half-century, is enlightening, fascinating, and sobering.
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