The richest source of old advertising art featuring horseshoes is not from a horseshoe company at all. Many people think that Drummond Horseshoe brand was meant for a horse's hoof, but it was actually a tobacco company from St. Louis, Missouri.
Fortunately for us, the company employed some of the best advertising illustrators of their day, and they left a rich archive of ads showing horseshoes, farriers, and horses' hooves. Someone should do an exhibit of their art!
So, thanks to some long-gone artist who created this cherub at the anvil long ago. Maybe he or she would be happy to know that, a century later, some of still appreciate the artistry in the company's ads.
And to all of you, enjoy your champagne, chocolates and roses, all around the world!
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