Allen Ford discusses the department stores downtown. He says they were "complete merchandizers," which meant they sold everything under their roof. Toys were the highlight for children especially around Christmas. The point of the department store was to cover all of the consumers needs, each on its…
About Cleveland Voices
Cleveland Voices is a project of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University Department of History. Audio content is derived from the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection, an archive of hundreds of interviews collected since 2002. Audio presented on this site has been excerpted, interpreted and edited by students in the Department of History at CSU and represents the perspective of the speaker, as well as the research interests of the editor. Listeners are encouraged to verify stories through additional research.
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The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University Department of History has been collecting oral history interviews since 2002 on an ongoing basis. If you would like to tell your story for the record, you can schedule an interview by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about Rights and Reproductions, or would like us to remove your interview, please call us at (216) 687-2172. For more information about our work, please visit csudigitalhumanities.org.
The Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection consists of audio interviews collected since 2002. Students, educators and researchers from throughout Northeast Ohio have contributed to the collection, which covers a breadth of topics in Cleveland and regional history, through interviews with activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and more.
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