Posted by Bob Whitworth on September 16, 1998 at 22:32:10:
In response to The Post-chaise & the Chariot, written by P. Bingham on September 16, 1998 at 14:22:47
Okay, here's my take on the Post-chaise. I have not consulted my carriage books in a long time, but I seem to recall that the term originated from the fact that there was no driver's "box" attached to the body, and that the driver "rode post", that is he rode the postillion horse. Postillon referring to a horse which not only pulled the carriage, but was saddled for the "driver" to ride and guide the coach. Postillion in French meant post-boy or courier and the coach may have originally gotten its name in France from its use in the mail service.
I'll have to do some research on this when I have the time.
- Thank you... P. Bingham 23:04:29 9/16/98 (0)
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