The Blacksmith

This delightful photograph of a blacksmith shoeing a horse was taken in the north of England in the 1930s. At the time, horses were still the main motive power in many industries, so such scenes were commonplace. The internal combustion engine was, of course, replacing them and it’s interesting that we still refer to an engine’s output as horse power. Blacksmith is a generic term and he is more likely to be a farrier, the difference being that farriers only work with horses, whereas blacksmiths make a range of metal objects and may sometimes be asked to shoe a horse. This wonderful action shot captures the atmosphere of the moment.

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