Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Last Stand of Eliot Ness

Photograph by Frank J. Aleksandrowicz for the Environmental Protection Agency. July, 1973.

I've long heard rumors that a sign, for Eliot Ness's campaign for mayor, was still standing, somewhere on the near east side of Cleveland. Ness served as the city safety director in the 1930s, working to eliminate corruption from the police department. When I came across this historic photograph, taken in the summer of 1973, I had to look further.

The caption indicates that the sign, for Ness's 1938 campaign, is on an apartment building at East 36th Street and Cedar Avenue. This building appears to be gone.

Unless the references I've heard are to another sign, this little bit of Cleveland's history is gone.


  1. Too bad if this is gone. I remember another sign like this on a brick building near Lakeside Avenue advertising Marmon automobiles. I haven't checked too recently; maybe it is still there.

  2. I was browsing another site and came across this article about Ness. Also pictured is the "Eliot Ness for Mayor" building. http://souther311.clevelandhistory.org/2011/11/09/eliot-ness-alea-lytle/

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