“Love Letter to Cleveland” is a 58 foot mural drawn by Gary Dumm and colored by his wife, Laura Dumm. The mural had originally been installed the side of the Orange Blossom Press building in Ohio City, near the West Side Market back in 2013. But several years of Cleveland’s winters got to it and a decision was made to move it.
This July is was officially relocated to the third floor of the Michael Schwartz Library on the campus of Cleveland State University just outside their Special Collections Department. The “Love Letter to Cleveland” mural tells the story of the history and national influence of the city of Cleveland. It includes famous landmarks, things that were invented here and people from Cleveland.
Who and what can you find in the mural? Here are a few things I’ll point out…
- Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West) – She was born, and went to school and developed her love for acting here in Cleveland.
- Life Savers – They were invented in Cleveland back in 1912 by Clarence A. Crane. He was looking for a new candy to supplement his chocolate business that slumped in the hot summer months.
- Hector Boiardi (Chef Boyardee) – He moved from New York and opened a restaurant in downtown Cleveland. People loved his spaghetti sauce so much, he started selling it in milk bottles. Eventually he opened a factory to produce his products for individual sale.
- Superman – Yes, here in Cleveland we do claim Superman as our own! The two creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, both attended Glenville High School in Cleveland and created him here.
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