THE FRENCH DILIGENCE
La Diligence 1825, La
Reproduced by kind permission of the Société
d'Histoire de la Poste et de France Télécom en Alsace
The giant French diligence, in use in the beginning of
the 19th century, weighed about 5 tons. Often the
passengers were obliged to alight in order to diminish
the load; when the ascent was too steep, they even had
to push. With much luggage on top, the road-holding
ability was poor, and accidents frequently occurred.
Seating arrangements for the French
For the history of public transport in France during the
17th, 18th and 19th centuries, see Paul Charbon,
Au temps des malles-poste et des diligences, Strasbourg, 1979.