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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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