15 Very Rare Photos Taken During WWII In Cleveland

Manufacturing cities like Cleveland played a huge role in the Allied war effort. Car, tire, aircraft, and other companies began production of parts for the United States Army, Navy, and Airforce. The US was active in WWII between 1941 and 1945, during which the rate of employment rose 35% in Cleveland. The manufacturing sector accounted for most of this growth, including a 75% growth in African American laborers, and unprecedented paid employment opportunities for women. Here is a rare glimpse inside the factories and plants of Cleveland’s war effort.

How different is the Cleveland of today! It’s always interesting to take a look back into the past, and we’re grateful to these photographers for documenting these scenes so that we can glimpse a life over 70 years ago.