1876 was when this postcard was sent to Messrs. M J Rice & Co, at the Smithfield Works, Sherlock Street, Birmingham. Mr Rice was Matthew James Rice, born in December 1824 in Gloucestershire. He was an apprentice engineer, and at some time during the 1840s, he moved from Gloucestershire to Birmingham, by 1861 he had his own 'works' and was employing 'one man and one boy'. He married Mary Ann Newton in 1855, but I haven't found any records of them having children. They moved from Birmingham to Kenilworth, where he lived until his death in 1897, at the age of 72.
I don't have any connections to Matthew Rice, maybe I have his photo and don't know it . . . yet.
please not to send your men to our place on Good Friday as our works will be closed. We shall be open on Saturday by 6 a.m. & shall expect you then
Postcard from my collection.