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abandoned factory

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A while back, on my six month in Cleveland anniversary, I visited a new to me abandoned building. So needless to say, I've been holding on to these photos while I tried my hardest to research more about the building. I'm finally throwing in the towel. I can't seem to find much at all. This is an abandoned factory that did metal plating, aside from that I have no dates or history. It was still an interesting building, and I'm rather pleased with my photos so here they are...
All the machinery has been removed since this place closed its doors but the upstairs offices have tons of paperwork, books, and records strewn about. That kind of stuff is always my favorite but I am always curious who was the one to make such a mess in these places. Was it a former employee trying to prove a point before he left the place for the last time? Young kids just having fun making a mess? I mean, you can't deny it would be fun to just go nuts in place like that, let out a little steam.
xoxo

PS. If you're as curious as I was when I first saw it, that "hot!!!" file tab literally had nothing exciting in it. I was hoping for juicy office gossip, or maybe some nudie pictures (we found some fairly graphic ones in another part of the building!) but it was just regular old paper work! Booooring.

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  1. Eee! That is so cool. I very much want to trash that office too.

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  2. Wow! Beautiful photos. Gutting that the 'HOT' file had nothing exciting in it. ;) x

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  3. Ha, EXACTLY what I was wondering about the HOT!! file, haha.

    It's just so weird to think that this place (or any abandoned place) was a part of real people's lives. It wasn't a set made to look that way by artists, it was a place of work (or whatever), and people were there every day. Those files are real. That pen was someone's pen. What happened? SO MUCH MYSTERY. I wonder what the people who worked there would think if they saw it in its current state.

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    1. I know! That's why I love buildings with stuff left in them, it makes it so much easier to remember that this is a place that used to be a huge part of someones life.

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  4. I have to say i find it fascinating the amount of abandon buildings your finding and posting about on your blog. It's interesting but at the same time I think kinda sad that these places were once peoples livelihoods. There is history there. Like wondering who the person was who thought those newspaper comics were worth posting on that wall for all their co workers to see. Definitely could call you an urban archaeologist :)

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    1. Exactly why I love to photograph them, they're SO full of history. These places are just forgotten and left to rot.

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  5. Your pictures of these abandoned places are gorgeous. Keep 'em coming! :)

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    kimberrleigh

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  6. I don't know why, but I love the "Pop Machine Works" handwritten sign. Very cool pictures!

    http://throughthereels.blogspot.com

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    1. Hah, me too! Seems kind of funny now that the building is in this condition.

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  7. You take really awesome photos. It inspires me to go out and take more photos. Do you just use an iPhone or a special fancy schmancy camera? I got my iPod and cheap camera and off to adventures! Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful energy. =)

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    1. Thanks, Dina! I have a list of all my "fancy schmancy" camera equipment here:
      http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2014/02/favorite-camera-gear.html

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  8. Love the file cabinet! I wonder what was once in the HOT! folder. And I'm always wondering who made such a mess, too. What's the story behind the mess; what actually happened? There's so many untold stories in abandoned places, I love it I love it I love it.

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  9. You always bump into good abandoned places. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

    Life With Antlers // A Personal Blog

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  10. Did the pop machine still work? ;)

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    1. Ya know, I couldn't even find the dang pop machine!

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  11. Beautiful photos! I love the calendar in the first one; my grandma has one similar to it. I love the cartoons hanging up, as well. Looks like such a cool place!

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    1. I looove that calendar too! I was pretty bummed it was broken.

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  12. I can't imagine how someone could leave a place with so much stuff in there! I assume the business stopped pretty quickly... think of all the data protection laws they've broken!! (no? just me?)
    Great photos, as always :)

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    1. Oh, yeah, that's actually one of the big reasons trespassing is a big deal is some places - records. Hospitals, psych wards, basically any medical place. It costs money to do something with the files so it's just easier to leave them behind when the whole reason the place is closing down in the first place is money.

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  13. The "ideas" folder makes me laugh too. It's so generic and corporate-sounding.

    "Go grab the Ideas Folder - I think I'm having one!"

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  14. It's so eerie how all of that stuff was just left. It's almost like everyone stood up from their desks and said, "well, I guess that's it", and then walked away without taking anything with them....

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  15. I'm always so intrigued as to why everyone just seems to have up and left in places like this, leaving all the paperwork and stuff behind. Were none of those books needed? The ideas?!

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