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Old 03-04-2018, 03:13 AM   #346
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Shoes horses as well, assuming the box amidships actually contains shoes.

Do you have a link for that image please, Bruce?
A Google image search didn't bear fruit and I'd be interested to know the where and when of it.
I'd hazard a guess at London about 1950.
Pickfords is still going strong by the way.
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Old 03-04-2018, 05:53 PM   #347
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Don't know if it'll help, but, here's a TinEye link.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:32 PM   #348
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I wish there was a story to go along with the picture.
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:33 AM   #349
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Thank you, Grav. That's brilliant!

Your second link nails it down...

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In the age of automation, the blacksmith is giving way to the 'agricultural engineer'.
The few smiths who have survived have had to make concessions to the modern age, like Bill Groom, from Slough in Berkshire, who takes his smithy, complete with forge, in a motorcycle sidecar to wherever his services are required.
He even finds an occasional job in town, here he is sharpening picks which are being used for road repair work.

Taken September 1st 1955.

That has led me to another picture which is plastered with copyright warnings but viewable here: Link

It's an old family firm run by two brothers, one of whom is 'the welter-weight wrestling champion of England'.

One more image of Groom Bros at work here...

Link

As far as the location of the image in Bruce's post #345 is concerned, my assumption is that it is indeed Slough and probably the High Street.

I've had a look at Street View but find that it is now a pedestrian area and unrecognisable.

The captions describe Slough as being in Berkshire. At the time the photographs were taken it was in Buckinghamshire.

There was a local government reshuffle in 1972 (I think) and county boundaries were shifted.

The town is north of Windsor on the other side of the Thames so if any of you are going to Harry and Meghan's nuptials in May, you'll be able to nip across the river for the rest of the day and see the place for yourselves.

Once again, thanks Grav.
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Old 03-05-2018, 06:26 AM   #350
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That is great, nice finds!
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:10 AM   #351
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Where I found it there's just pictures with little or no information. I grabbed it because it's a cool picture. I figured it was Britain because the sidecar is on the left, and didn't look like Australia.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:13 AM   #352
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A 1956 Popular Science had a little blurb on him too.
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Old 03-05-2018, 02:51 PM   #353
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Once again, thanks Grav.
Glad to have actually been of some help.

But, this image is just insanity at its finest. Imagine riding down the street on yer murdersickle with a big ol' pile of red hot coals bouncing and jouncing around beside ya. I mean rfthere!

What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:50 PM   #354
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....just insanity at its finest. Imagine riding down the street on yer murdersickle with a big ol' pile of red hot coals bouncing and jouncing around beside ya. I mean rfthere!

What could possibly go wrong?
I bet that anvil isn't bolted down, either.
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:51 PM   #355
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No problem they have smooth roads over there.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:30 PM   #356
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Well they did have 440's...
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:24 PM   #357
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I don't think I can afford this shop...
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:02 PM   #358
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:33 PM   #359
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It has overhead bins for killing puppies.
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:14 PM   #360
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It has overhead bins for killing puppies.
*zing!*

You sure those aren't pizza ovens? For $62,000, it sure as hell ought to include pizza ovens, ferchrissakes.
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