Itinerant Blacksmiths


I don’t have much information about the image above but I like what it is depicting.  Mom working the bellows while Dad heats up something he’s working on while the kids all look on.  Like most travelers in Europe, these (probably Roma) don’t have fancy wagons or accommodations; just carts and some rough tents.

We fear what we don’t understand.  Even though people like this have been ostracized and persecuted for centuries, they filled a vital role in society catering to the poorer elements as blacksmiths, tinsmiths, cobblers, basket-makers and more.


2 thoughts on “Itinerant Blacksmiths

  1. Zigeuner = Roma in Dutch
    Hét is a village in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County in northeastern Hungary.
    I’ll bet that man had many skills and used them as needed.
    Where did you fine this, a tumblr I hope.

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