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Hire of a vintage Motor Hearse in the 1930s
This headed invoice was issued in January 1931, by a motor car proprietor located at the Russell Garage, Whitby in Yorkshire.
Elsewhere on the sheet we're told that trains could be 'met by appointment', and 'any make of car or motor cycle supplied' as well as 'Tyres and all Motor Accessories stocked', so the Russell Brother's Garage must have been quite a large establishment. Does anyone have a photograph of this old garage?
The overall cost was £13 5s 6d, issued to an undertaker nearby, who presumably passed the charges on to the deceased's family.
Shown here is an unusual Dodge hearse that came to light in 2006, dating to the late 1930s. It had been fitted with a horse-drawn hearse body from new in 1938 and still had it fitted to the rear chassis. I'm told it has been sold on for preservation.
Hearse linksPerhaps surprisingly, there is a following for old hearses. The Classic Hearse Register is a good place to start, if you want to find out more about these unusual motorcars. If you live in Australia, you can even choose to make your final ride in one of several preserved hearses owned by this company.
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