S. WORTMAN, HORSE SHOEING, C. 1900. New Lots Road (Now New Lots Avenue), near Hendrix Street.

Brooklyn directories at the turn of the century made a distinction between blacksmiths and horse-shoers. Wortman, the man in shadow of the doorway, fell into this category. Some of his "jobbing" no doubt involved wagons as seen in the photo. The simple farmhouse appears to date from the eighteenth century. The wellhead is visible in the yard at the right. The town of New Lots, which included Brownsville, East New York and Cypress Hills, was annexed to Brooklyn in 1886. Return to PHOTO Main Return to BROOKLYN Main