Industries are the working heart of any growing city and Cleveland is no exception. Hardwick Woolen Mills and Stove Company, Dixie Foundry, Brown Stove Works – all of these early industries developed, adapted and became the heart of Cleveland at the turn of the century. The Great Depression that followed was a fire that tempered the industries that survived. After the economic upheaval, there was a sudden surge of production. This brought jobs to its citizens during the booming World War II era; when the US War Board drafted numerous industries in the area to help manufacture items for our troops.
In Cleveland Works you’ll find several artifacts from these industries alongside objects used in smaller operations. The Model 31 Linotype is a two-ton typesetting machine commonly used to set type for newspapers. A linotype creates a “line of type” used to create plates for printing presses. These plates are then used to print the same text many times over. Before the invention of the Linotype by Ottmar Merganthaler in 1884, no newspaper in the world had more than eight pages due to the labor involved in setting type.
Another unique artifact on display is the Hardwick Woolen Mill whistle. A former steamboat whistle, it was brought to Cleveland by employees of the mill as a show of pride, dedication and strength of the Hardwick employees. A variety of stoves from the three major foundries will be on display as well.
Cleveland Works is sponsored by Bank of Cleveland.