- Look closely at the photo and describe the tools the man is holding. What kind of job might this man have?
- This man is a blacksmith, a person who forces or creates tools out of iron using fire, hammers, tongs and anvils. How might the blacksmith use the tools he is holding to do his work?
- In early communities, blacksmiths were considered important parts of their communities because they could repair wagon wheels, sharpen farm equipment as well as shoe horses and oxen. How would life be different in early communities without a blacksmith?
"Occupational Portrait of a Blacksmith," between 1850 and 1860. Courtesy of Library of Congress