This lovely photographic view book by Thomas A. Knight is a visual stunner. Published in 1903 and gifted to the Cleveland Museum of Art Library on September 29, 1919, the photographs are, "views and descriptive matter, illustrating the country seats of prominent Cleveland Business Men." And it is not merely a display of wealth and acerage, but hightlights advances in husbandry and horticulture.
On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. Cleveland’s spiraling prosperity of the early twentieth century abruptly ended and the Cleveland Museum of Art felt the impact. Operating expenses were cut dramatically and budgets were planned literally to the penny. One consequence of the Depression was increased demand on museum services.