Sunday, October 10, 2010

Do you ever think as a hearse goes by...

I have always wanted a hearse since I could remember. I don't care if it was one used to actually transport the dead or just one that is there to be driven, I wanted one then, and I still want one now. I will own one, because if this job thing doesn't pan out, I will need a place to sleep and would be more comfortable than a normal size car, hopefully not eternally though. Haha!

Usually though in the funeral industry, the hearse isn't called a hearse it is called a funeral coach. The funeral people think that "funeral coach" is less scary, creepy and more politically correct. Most of us really don't care and will call them hearse.

So Middle English came up with the word "herse" which is a candelabra type thing put on top of the coffin. Then in the 17th century people were using the word to describe the horse drawn carriage that took the coffin to the burial place, a.k.a the cemetery. Some of the original horse-drawn hearses were mostly made of glass so that people could see the coffin. Some of them didn't have anything but a frame.

 First decade of the 20th century is when the motorized hearses began to be used. The exact dates when the motorized hearse came to be used is unknown, but is thought to be between 1901-1907. Motors of the first hearses were actually electric. It wasn't until 1909 that the combustion engine was used in these vehicles. Hearses were used as an ambulance in the early and middle parts of the 20th century. These were called combination coaches.

~*The first motorized hearses looked something like this*~

Cincinnati Ohio was the first place that the hearses were manufactured by the company Crane and Breed Company. The first hearses only went 30 MPH (48 kilometers per hour) which was pretty fast for cars in 1909.

Always remember: Don't you ever laugh when a hearse goes by 'Cause you might be the next to die.


Just Plain Tired said...

You know, you come up with the oddest wants of anyone I know. But what really intrigues me is that you delve into the history of it and it's always oddly fascinating. That makes you an utterly cool person. :)

Anonymous said...

Ive always wanted to be the hearse driver with a stiff in the back while I blast. "another one bits the dust" as I make my way to the cementery.

Simple Dude said...

With your career goals you probably have seen Six Feet Under. I watched the whole series.. very good writing and excellent acting.

Your post reminded me of the younger teenage sister on the show who drove a hearse as her normal day to day vehicle and that always intrigued me too. Of course hers was a fun green color if I remember right.


crazy ramblings of a tired mom said...

I hope the job pans out. I think it would be funny just tro drive by and freak people out. Some people are skittish about certain things! Good luck, an hope you dont have to live in your car anytime soon.

SweetiePea said...

I used to work with a gal who owned and drove a hearse. She was a bit odd. LOL

Here's hoping you won't have to sleep in one anytime soon.

Damn The Broccoli said...

One of my college lecturers had a hearse in the seventies. He bought it because it had never been thrashed and he wanted a car he could put a bed in the back of.

He then painted it wild flwoer power patterns.

It looked ace.

BeMistified said...

JPT: Awww well thank you!

TPR: Haha cute!

SD: You know I have never seen that show. Never had the movie channels with my TV so eh never bothered. I did google the Hearse though and it is the green that is on my background of this blog!

CRoaTM: It did! See current post. Yeah, people are funny and different.

SP: Well I myself am strange and unusual... I got the job so no sleeping in one just yet!

Broccoli: That sounds awesome!