Monday, March 31, 2008

The Blacksmith Shop Postcard

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When I was a kid growing up in Texas, I use to walk two blocks to the local blacksmith shop and marvel at the their mastery of metal. Unfortunately, the shop is long gone now but it did last at least into the 1960s. The postcard for today is a blacksmith shop but this one is really special. Post cards of a stand alone blacksmith shop are rare but you can sometimes find their shops in early street scenes if you really look for them. This one looks like a nice new one with living quarters above it and a unique front door and windows that are shaped like horseshoes. The one I remember from Texas was an old wooden building, dark and dirty. The one shown here was in Rogers City Michigan, which had a population of 705 in the 1910 census, and shows the blacksmith, R. J. Bruder standing in the doorway with two policemen with a bicycle which probably came in for repair. This is a circa 1907 Albertype postcard and can be found in my Michigan listings along with more than 10,000 additional postcards available on my website at Moody's Postcards.

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