February 26, 2021

Vintage Photos Capture the Energy of Little Italy From the 1900s Through the 1980s

Little Italy is one of the gems of Cleveland and has been since the early 20th century. From the Feast of the Assumption to the wonderful culture and restaurants, this beloved neighborhood has undergone changes throughout the years while also remaining true to itself. These vintage photos reflect that throughout the years.

All photos via the Cleveland Memory Project.

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 Little Italy Founder Joseph Carabelli, Early 1900s

Little Italy Founder Joseph Carabelli, Early 1900s

 Murray Hill Roof School, 1912

Murray Hill Roof School, 1912

 Feast of the Assumption, 1928

Feast of the Assumption, 1928

 Decorations for Feast of the Assumption, 1930

Decorations for Feast of the Assumption, 1930

 Boys Cleaning Dishes at Alta House, 1932

Boys Cleaning Dishes at Alta House, 1932

Columbus Day Parade, 1934

Columbus Day Parade, 1934

 Offerings to Virgin Mary During the Feast of the Assumption, 1935

Offerings to Virgin Mary During the Feast of the Assumption, 1935

 Dante Alighieri Society Members, 1935

Dante Alighieri Society Members, 1935

 Nut Stand at Feast of the Assumption, 1935

Nut Stand at Feast of the Assumption, 1935

 Service at Holy Rosary Church During Feast of the Assumption, 1937

Service at Holy Rosary Church During Feast of the Assumption, 1937