Gail Thornton
a pictorial archive of horse


General Delivery Vehicles

Gigs were commonly used for carrying general parcels and goods, anything in fact that could fit in to the compartment underneath the seat.  Here were have T.Whittick & Son carriers in Hull and Derby.  Whether this was just that they travelled between these two towns or that they had premises in both locations we are unable to tell.  He does however look very smart in his straw boater and one can only assume that it is summer.

This looks a fairly crude cart though very substantial and belongs to Thomas Lawbie Merchant, as can be seen written on the side, though what he is merchant of we do not know.  Judging by the clip of the horse it is worked on a regular basis.  In the background you can see a Non-Conformist Church but other than that no identification marks.

Unfortunately this postcard has become faded which is a shame as it would have been a fabulous sight to see all the fruit and vegetables clearly displayed. In Victorian times Costermongers would have been a common sight travelling the streets selling their wares, today we would refer to them as a Greengrocer.  The title of Costermonger comes from the medieval word ‘Costard’ meaning apple, and ‘mongar’ meaning seller.  Once again this card has not been postally used or written on therefore we do not know who this person is or where he is plying his trade.

A two wheeled cart such as this was very useful for carrying all sorts of heavy loads.  What is in these sacks is not clear but it does look a heavy load for the horse to pull.  As there is no writing to be seen on the cart and the card has not been written on or postally used we cannot identify where this photograph has been taken.

The boxes on this four wheeled vehicle suggest that H.Rusher (which can be seen written under his seat) could be a greengrocer. He could have taken the stock to a shop or he could be selling door to door though the former looks more likely.

On first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that this shoud be in the dairy section.  However if you look closely at the bottom of the churns you will notice small taps.  This vehicle is transporting parafin door to door to provide the household with the fuel for their many lamps.  Unfortuntely there are no identifying marks to provdie a location.