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Then & Now: Leaning Tower 1956

Gambles hardware before Leaning Tower

Had you gone to this address on Lexington Avenue 60 years ago you would have found a hardware store. It was a franchise called Gambles, and sometimes went by the name Dillon’s because he was the owner.

Though the hardware store didn’t last long, the building entered immortality in 1957 when it became the first pizza joint between Cleveland and Columbus. As the founder, Joe Hess, was quick to notice:

All my cronies

Want pepperoni’s.

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Then & Now: Leaning Tower 1956

Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Sunday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.