Here are two interesting blog posts that I found today via Twitter …

First: a description and picture of a nineteenth-century Hackney coach waterman, whose job it was to bring food and water to the horses waiting at his particular Hackney-coach [i.e., taxi] stand in London.

By the end of that century, lumbering old coaches had been largely replaced in their role as “taxicabs” by lighter four-wheeled “growlers” …

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… and the ubiquitous and unmistakable Hansom Cab, of which there were reportedly 10,000 on London’s streets in 1890. …

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And today’s second fascinating blog post (containing beautiful images, as well) is about the perils of traveling across the Lancaster Sands. Be sure to scroll through the comments and watch the video of the Duke of Edinburgh and several other drivers making the same trip in the mid-1980s.