Now let's discuss a very interesting Horseshoe Plaque Trivet that's a favorite of mine. Click on the images to enlarge.
YMCA Horseshoe Plaque Trivet
COMPOSITION: Cast Iron with traces of the original gold paint.
DIMENSIONS: 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" and flat on the reverse (as all H.P. Trivets are) with backcoping to the horseshoe.
ON FACE: Y.M.C.A. and MIND SPIRIT BODY
ON REVERSE: DESIGNED BY Y.M.C.A. NORTHAMPTON (inscribed on triangle)
One of the most interesting things about collecting trivets is discovering the history behind a design! This Link provides some of the history behind the Northampton, Massachusetts YMCA, built in 1904. It's my guess this horseshoe was either sold as a fundraiser before or during construction or designed and cast soon after the YMCA opened.
I was also excited to find this Real Photo Post Card of the Northampton YMCA a few years ago on eBay. After scanning the image, by using Photoshop I was able to sharpen the picture. The postcard was designed to look like the bark of a tree, with a section peeled back to reveal the image. This RPPC postcard is dated 1906 (on the front) and the back of the card is postmarked 1908.