Sepia Saturday

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This week I’m inspired to find some equine photos. How were horses used way back when? Let’s see what I found on Flickr Commons.

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State Library of Queensland, 1920

I thought 1920 was rather late for such transport.

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The Library of Virginia, 1958

That’s not a typo on my part. Check the source. It says this photo of a horse & Richmond Ice wagon is from 1958.

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Smithsonian Museum, 1864

This Union Army mail wagon was used in the Civil War.

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9 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. Nice collection of matching photos to the prompt. You’re right – 1920 does seem a little far along to see a horse-drawn wagon; but the 1958 photo of the ice wagon really boggles the mind!

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  2. I am dating myself here, but when I was a (very young) child there were still ice deliveries to folks who had “ice boxes” instead of the new-on-the-market-refrigerators. In fact, my dad continued to call our fridge the “ice box” for most of my childhood. Whether the ice was delivered by horses I can’t say, but fun to see the ice delivery photo here.

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  3. Me too, when a child in the 40s or 50 I did see ice wagons…and scissor and knife sharpener wagons – usually going along the alley in back of people’s houses in St. Louis.

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  4. I’m more fascinated by horse drawn coaches and wagons, than saddle riding horses. They are of course the very definition of “horsepower”, which is why I admire their strength more than their speed. A city’s ice house was usually near the train depot since it was delivered by rail from up north, so delivery by horse cart seems logical even into the 1960s.

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