Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Engraving Bureau

Wagon week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a wagon at the Bureau of Engraving in Washington DC. The picture was taken in about 1910. I like how everyone is dressed up, and most are wearing a nice tie. 


  1. A well matched team of horses was a source of great pride to people in the "horse and buggy" days. The only obvious difference in the appearance of this team is the "snippet" on the nose, and the one white front foot of the horse on the far side.

  2. The horses' hooves seem rather shiny, like they were buffed and polished. Or maybe it's just the photo making it seem so.

    Psst buddy! Yeah, you on the right. Button up and tuck in that shirt... and find a tie. Do you want folks 100 years from now thinking you do not care about your appearance?

  3. D. Indy, you made me laugh! I noticed that guy, too. What a slacker, lol.

  4. I find it interesting that the front wheels are smaller than the back wheels. So they have to have 2 different sizes for spares.
    I know why the front wheels are small, so that the wagon can turn over the top of them, but why not make the back wheels the same size.
    I guess maybe it is for stability, but how fast or how rough are the street going to be.

  5. It looks as if the fellow on the far right is wearing a jacket over a plain shirt, rather than letting his shirt hang out. The horses's hooves probably were polished. Look how shiny their coats are! Today, men baby their cars; then, it was the horses.

  6. Your pictures are wonderful. They make me think I want to be there, until I remember how it was even in the 50's. Hah!

    I have 3 trunks of family photos from the early 1900's I have just started going through, and I have started a blog following one family member. It sure can get complicated finding information on stuff that old! Chris