Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hanover & Manchester Stagecoach

Although this is not an early scene in New York State it typifies they type of public transportation that continued to exist for decades in regions untouched by railroads. Since this is a Daguerreotype the image is reversed. The lettering along the roof line says "Hanover and Manchester." Note the unusual three-horse hitch. Image courtesy of Josh Heller.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

'Tally-ho' for the day

After railroads were completed across New York State in the 1840s, there was a surplus of stagecoaches. Proprietors were only too glad to "rent out" a coach and driver for the day
to a group of people wishing to go sightseeing around the countryside, particularly during the summer. This rare Daguerreotype is felt by some hisgtorians to have been taken in Canandaigua.
Image courtesy of Josh Heller.