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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The new blacksmith in town

The new blacksmith in town

Thomas Wells, circa 1880. Besides being my Great-great-grandfather, Thomas was the local blacksmith and a farmer in the Bellpointe, Ohio, area. Bellepointe is, or was, a suburb of Columbus and Delaware. This tintype photo was taken at an unknown studio in the area. Notice his trademark cigar. View full size.

Bellpointe, Ohio Hearse

Mom's family settled in Bellpointe, Ohio in the later part of the 1800's. Grandpa Thomas Wells was a blacksmith there. This picture is the local hearse of the horse drawn carriage days. Not Grandpa driving, so the identity of this gent is unknown. Chances are, though, that Grandpa shoed that horse.

 
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