This image shows an idealized view of a cobbler, or shoemaker’s shop. Idealized as much of the stains, damage and debris that would be common in an active, long-standing shop are not present, and the area kept very clean to preserve the historical building components. Commonly there would be candle drippings, smoke stains, stains from dyes, bits and pieces of broken hardware, leather scraps, spills and other significant wear on the floor.
The description states:
BOOT AND SHOEMAKER’S SHOP
A cobbler in colonial dress makes and repairs shoes here.
–This card likely dates from the 1950s.