Kendalville Blacksmith Shop

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This photo was taken in Kendalville, Indiana around 1900 and shows the blacksmiths, farriers, and stable hand that helped G. Bertsch shoe animals. In fact, a horse pops his head out the door. We believe the gentleman in the bowler hat to be the owner, a grandfather to our client’s husband. Our client needed three of these photos framed as Christmas gifts for her husband and two sons.

We worked with our client to craft an ideal framing solution to help showcase this family story. A dark beige mat compliments the warm tones of the sepia photograph. The black core or edging of the mat helps the dark areas in the photo (such as the interior of the building and the darker paint under the white lettering) pop out which visually draws you into the photo. A thin wood frame laminated to resemble old rusty iron edging with nails was selected. Shoeing animals whether it be a horse or ox was dirty, smelly, dusty and hot work. Metal shoes were fit and nailed onto the hooves of animals. This frame gives recognition to the materials used in shoeing, thus visually complements the story the photo tells.

 

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Mar 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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