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H.V. Bretney: 1938

H.V. Bretney: 1938

Summer 1938. "Old tannery in Springfield, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Springfield Tannery

According to "A Standard History of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio" the tannery was originally built outside of the village of Springfield limits.

Google Maps shows that the address mentioned in the above reference of 222 East Main Street is definitely in the middle of Springfield now, although it also shows no building at the address any longer.

The other car

The nose of the car on the left is from a 1938 Ford.

Car and Bldg

The car we can see in its entirety is a 1931 Chevrolet. I wonder if this building still exists? Anyone from Springfield know?

This is actually in town?

This is actually in town? Most tanneries were a little out in the boondocks because the stench was so horrible.

Fresh Air

Have you ever smelled a tannery? I suspect the steer in the photo is hanging his head outside to get some fresh air.

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