… in 1893, that is.

In the advertising section of the April 8, 1893, issue of Rider & Driver is this tidbit:

“There are many carriage novelties this spring in new and beautiful designs. Blue appears to be the favorite color, and the adornments are artistic carvings. The leaders are fancy Traps and Road Wagons. There is a larger demand than ever for Cabriolets, Victorias, and Spider Phaetons. One style of Cabriolet is devised to carry a child, the seat being in the apron, and when not in use it is concealed. The colors of some Cabriolets run in olive and black, yellow and blue, and trimmed with buff corduroy. The four-passenger full-springed Traps and four-wheeled Dog-carts are very showy. Victorias are made so that they can be changed into a lady’s driving Phaeton. Another specialty in carriages is the triple Surrey and triple Buckboard. The light Breaks and Omnibuses are fitted up with new and novel attachments, and are gotten up in new colors. Road Wagons are mostly in natural wood and combinations of colors. Many specialties in four-in-hand Traps are noticed; some showing the seats arranged dos-a-dos fashion. For skilled workmanship, beauty of style and superior finish, and moderate prices, for town and country use  and the Park, or for novelties in sporting Traps we recommend a visit to the establishments of Flandrau & Co., 372 Broome Street, and Broadway and Fifty-first Street, also to R. M. Stivers, 144 to 152 East Thirty-first Street, New York.”