Ottey’s Blacksmith Shop in Wilmington: Delaware History

Charles in Charge: Wilmington, 1912

Charles W. Ottey, Herbert Hemphill, Paulie Baldwin and William Hoopes pose at Ottey’s blacksmith shop at Philadelphia Pike and Naamans Road.

“This photo represents the end of the days when all vehicles were horse-drawn, as well as the transition from horse-drawn to automobiles,” says Constance Cooper, the chief curator at the Delaware Historical Society. “By 1920, Ottey was listed as having no occupation. Perhaps he retired, or the blacksmith business was fading away.”

This photo is courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society. For reproductions or information, visit dehistory.org, or call 655-7161.

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