Differences and Similarities Between Horse Carriages of late 1800s to Horseless Carriage of early 1900s

This is strictly through the videos I took. I recently came upon this old Henry Ford Model T car. The license plate calls it a “horseless carriage”. I actually was in a Carriage Museum at Raymond, Washington and it was amazing. You can see many big differences between the high class horse carriages and the low cost “horseless carriage:

You can see that the car was closely designed like a horse carriage. But there are also clear differences as well, such as with the steering wheel. None of the horse carriages used a steering wheel. They relied entirely on the horse to take commands for steering.

You can see many of the nice interiors of the horse carriages inside have very similar features to the horseless carriages.

The suspension on the bottom were very similar in nature. I tried to get under the car as best I could. It has an axle that probably makes for a bumpy ride. The horse carriages used pretty much the same kind of suspension.

I believe the wheels are made of wooden spokes for all the models. There was a scene in the Ford factory where the workers put together wooden spokes.

Tires started to become rubberized in the early 1900s. I started the video on the tire with the Ford, because I thought that plug looked very interesting. I wonder how he airs up his tires. Is this what they call vulcanization?

Also here is a video outside the Carriage Museum, because I thought the wagons look neat. They actually cover the wagon with the traditional style canvas for summer tourists:

The horse-drawn carriages sometimes had seating that face you away from the direction you were going. That could be a little unnerving, but I suppose if you are moving at a slow pace it might not be so annoying. The majority of gas-powered cars relied on forward facing seating.

Horse carriages may not have relied too much on mud flaps. Since all the power and inertia came from the horses, they didn’t need to be too concerned with the wheels spinning out and getting mud all over.


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