Carriage builder's advertisement, 1895.
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Plate from the 'Illustrated London News'. The advertisement is for Maythorn and Son of Biggleswade who manufactured a wide range of style of horse-drawn carriage, including those for ladies and gentlemen, dog-carts and small wicker carts. The motor car, which, until the 'Emancipation Act' of 1896 had to be preceded by a pedestrian, was still unusual, horse-drawn carriages remaining the normal means of transport. The fashion was for carts to be light, which Maythorn and Son advertise, also promising to 'reduce the draught of their carriages by scientific construction'. Prices range from 15 to 120 Guineas.