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Blanchester Area Historical Society

Circa 1912. P.E. Snyder Hardware store interior.

Circa 1912. P.E. Snyder Hardware store interior.

A glimpse into P.E. Snyder’s Hardware circa 1912 with a great description of the store and it’s operation as told by Mr. Snyder’s only daughter, Isabel.

At this time the horse and buggy was still the major form of transportation. Snyder’s Hardware sold alot of buggies. There are photo’s of buggies lined up all down South Broadway when their new shipments were assembled.

As Isabel explains the buggies were assembled and then loaded onto an elevator. They were raised to the second floor showroom by a rope and pulley. If you look closely in the background you can see a sign that says “buggies upstairs”

Left to right Unknown, Sarah “Sally” Snyder (sister of P.E. Snyder), Burch Newland (Snyder’s best saleman), Ed Anderson, Unknown, Charles Jones (handyman), Red Barker (salesman for South Bend Malleable Ranges) and P.E. Snyder. The man sneaking in from the right-hand side is unknown.

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