07 February 2010

1950s Paris- Herce, or Death Coach Vintage Kodachrome



1950s Kodachrome Diapositive
found/photographer unknown

From CarLust:

First, as a bit of etymological pedantry, the term hearse derives originally from the old French term herce harrow, which was a framed farm implement holding teeth or tines and used as something like a plow. Middle English later co-opted the shortened form, herse, to refer to a stand that held candles during the Christian Tenebrae service and eventually came to mean a structure that held candles or hangings that were suspended above a coffin. This association with coffins eventually made its way to the modern form, signifying a vehicle for conveying a dead person to the place of burial. Early hearses were horse-drawn affairs, which is why modern hearses are still often referred to as 'coaches'.
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2 comments:

Julie Schuler said...

I love that picture! It's perfect. Those mounds of flowers, and that string of lights, it all makes a lovely composition.

Hillbilly said...

yes. did you notice that the back wheel of the coach is off the ground?

the lights do make the composition sweeter. :)

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