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Blacksmith: c. 1900

Blacksmith: c. 1900

Two children talk to a blacksmith standing in the doorway of his forge. Photograph by Frances S. Allen, c. 1900. View full size.

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The hammer

... he's holding in his left hand looks exactly like an old hammer I use all the time when working in the forge. I picked it up at an old estate auction some time ago.

Info on the building?

Is there any way to identify the location of this image?
I'm looking at the wooden floor, and would like to know more about the shop.
Are there more images of this location?

OMG! Looking at the larger

OMG! Looking at the larger version- is that lil girl wearing high-heel shoes? Way too big for her in any case?

So cute. I love the boy's

So cute. I love the boy's hat. Also love, being a redhead myself, that he's probably one too. Only saying cos in old black and white photos I can tell.

Terribly cute, this pic, thx.


What a fantastic link!!!! I love this stuff.... THank you all for your help solving my question.

here is a link


There was a washer called The Woman's Friend.


I am pretty sure that is ad for an early washing machine. It consists of a closed metal tub that can be rocked like a cradle to agitate the clothes and water inside.

If I find a better image I'll post a link.

The Women's_________?

Looks like either "Treats" or "Friends" to me.


These photos really make me hate myself. I have a feeling that man has worked harder than I ever will.

Shoes to fill.....

Even after 107 years there is nothing more fun that walking a time in Momma's shoes. The sign on the upper right says "The Womens _______?" Does anyone see it better? Look at that fantastic dimple on the Blacksmiths face. Trying really hard not to smile.

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