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Two Original Photographs of Riceville, Iowas, circa 1870s of the Coles and Reeve blacksmithing shop of a two-story frame house with a fenced-in yard.

Riceville 1870s Photographer of the house was E.F. Buchan of Worthington, Minn., other photo has no photog listed. Image of the house is an oblong 4.25 x 7.5 and mount is 5.25 x 8,5, other photo oblong 5.5 x 8.25, and mount is 8 x 10. Photos are light with soiling, scratches and minor chipping, mounts are creased and soiled with tears. Written on the back of the house photo "House at Riceville, Iowa where I was born (Ava)" and "Mother Father Ava & her Papa, Reliance on porch." Shows two men, a woman and child on the front porch and two women in the front yard, across from the side of the house is a commercial building with wide doors. On the back of the blacksmith photo is written "on right in doorway -- JC Coles in front of wagon wheel -- Uncle Scott Reeve an early day in Riceville probably before 1880 Mr. and Mrs. Coles moved to Riceville in 1871." Also shown are two other men and a boy, horse and buggy tied up to a post, above blacksmith sign is another sign "Wagonshop, Stewart." Handwriting on both photos is the same, time period probably also the same even though house photo is undated. What is significant about these two photos is that the structures shown most likely were destroyed by the big fire of July 20, 1901. A fire started at the Cooper Meat Market and spread rapidly, destroying 50 businesses (including a blacksmith shop) and 20 homes in this town of 1000 residents. Accounts vary as to how many businesses and homes were burned, estimated losses were $200,000. Sold as a pair only.


Book Id: 98-6790

Price: $195.00

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