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Park Your Wagon: 1901

Park Your Wagon: 1901

        Back when you could leave your ice-wagon at the blacksmith's unlocked.

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "View of E Street S.W. between Delaware Avenue & First Street, looking northwest." 5x7 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.


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Busy Siebert: fast farrier, skilled shoer or budget blacksmith?

Or is there a tavern across the street where drivers can refresh while waiting?

Well-dressed horses

Horses get shod, not shoed. That is, unless you are asking them to leave the room, in which case it’s spelled “shooed."

Hard to steal without the engine

Yeah, I always felt safe leaving my ice wagon unlocked as long as ol' Nellie was inside getting fresh shoes.

All Gone

If I'm reading the map correctly, this is now covered by the interchange of 695 and 395. Not nearly as charming.

Shoed is a peculiar word

And for some peculiar reason, I can't figure out what that road surface is.

Ice Did Not Know

I knew what manufactured ice was but not Kennebec ice. Well, as usual, a quick Google search answered all the questions. It's interesting that in the days before modern refrigeration, ice cut from the Kennebec River in Maine could be kept frozen to be distributed around the country.


... that the blacksmith saw fit to put iron bars on the windows. But he is, after all, a blacksmith.

Maybe so, but ...

I see bars on the windows and the horses are nowhere to be found.

[They're inside getting shoed. - Dave]

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