Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
This is a very nice fireplace; but the photographer would be at home with instagram and the like, there's way too much "processing" applied in the picture, I guess this was the old dark-room processing, but still ...
I agree - there's not a single soot mark on the back bricks! And a "real" woodsman would never keep a gun over the fireplace. For one thing the frequent changes in temperature would cause the metal parts to expand and contract until the thing fell apart, and the wood on the stock would dry out. A gun would have been left leaning against the door, where the temp stayed pretty constant and it was handy. Reaching over a roaring fire to get your weapon was not advised. (While we're at it, don't keep the baking soda over the stove; if you want to put out a grease fire you need the stuff where you can get to it. Stick it with the pots and pans or something.)
Now show us your fireplace!