Whatever Happened to the "Paper Rex" Man?

And Other Stories of Cleveland’s Near West Side

The May Dugan Center


For anyone nostalgic about growing up on Cleveland’s near West side (or in any old urban neighborhood), these 72 short, personal essays look back fondly at the old days. Remember playing cops-and-robbers in the alley? The Rollercade? Streetcars, Marval Theater’s free dish night, Penny candy at the corner store . . . They’re all here—with photos.

Softcover / 108 pages / 8.5 x 11 inches


Do you remember the “broken cookie store?” Free dish night at the Marval Theater? Saturdays at the Rollercade? Crusin’ on Lorain Avenue? Riding the interurban? The smell of fresh bread coming from the neighborhood bakery?

If so, this is the book for you. Inside are 72 stories about life on Cleveland’s Near West Side in the first half of the 20th Century, including . . . Summer afternoons at Perkins Beach . . . Playing “cops and robbers” in the alley . . . Hanging out at Heck’s . . . Visits from the “umbrella man” . . . penny candy at the corner store . . . and lots more!

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