Here’s What Life In Cleveland Looked Like In 1935

1935 was a memorable year in Cleveland history. Not only was the Great Depression in full swing, but the devastating Torso Murders had just begun. Cleveland was the fifth largest city in the United States at the time, and many considered it to be the most dangerous. In December that year, Eliot Ness famously came to Cleveland to serve as the youngest-ever Safety Director. Yet, outside of the bustling city streets and the horrors of Kingsbury Run, life was surprisingly normal. These photos will take you back in time, right into a world that was not quite safe but still as remarkably beautiful as today.

1935 was, unsurprisingly, a somewhat depressing era. Despite the Great Depression taking a toll on the region, Clevelanders made the most of their situation, filling their lives with socialization and festivities.

For a blast from the more recent past, check out these photos of Cleveland in the 1970’s.