Sunday, December 30, 2012

Little Nemo In Cleveland

Perhaps reaching for something new and interesting to present, in 1911 Winsor McCay sent Little Nemo with Flip and Imp on a nation-wide airship ride, stopping in all the major American cities. Guess where they landed in March?

That would be a photo-realistic image of the Public Square (pre-Terminal Tower) facing east. See the Soldier and Sailors Monument, Superior and Euclid Avenues stretching out to the horizon. If it were not for those three significant landmarks, the place would be unrecognizeable, none of these building still exist. Even the May Co. building would not be constructed for another three years.

A young volunteer leads Nemo around and shares a raft of statistics. For example:

"Cleveland has three thousand streets; over 300 miles of sewers, an' 200 miles of paved streets. We have sixty thousand dwellings, 18 big hotels, 3000 factories employing sixty-five thousand people! There are seventy-five public schools, 5 high schools, one thousand and five hundred teachers and 60,000 pupils!"


The American Chicle Co. You're welcome.

Talespinner Children's Theatre presents Adventures In Slumberland by David Hansen Nov. 30 - Dec. 22, 2013.


  1. Very nice vision of the past. We were once such a grand place.

    Sometimes, I think we still are...