Before the 15th century, transportation for hire because a must for the wealthy to show that thy rural publicity arrived.

The word limousine derived from the French word “Hooded Garment” referring to the hooded cloak that shepherds wore to protect themselves from the weather.

During the 15th century, the Hungarians developed the “coach”, which is the modern enclosed carriage with an elevated outside seat for the driver, the “coachman.

By the late 1700’s, 14,000 of these carriages could be found all around Paris.

Illustration by Nathan Moench

Carriages became more luxurious and extravagant with time.

These “Palace on Wheels” includes a bedroom, library and a butler’s pantry in the carriages.

Some included a library, speaking tubes, etc.

At this time, carriages were mainly used by the Royalty and Rich.

Paris 1899 carriages could be found with modern carvings made out of mahogany and silver flower holders in them. Speaking tubes helped communications between the driver and the passengers,

A brass tube would be led up to the driver like a trumpet . This was implemented because of dealing with the surrounding noise.

Illustration by Daniel Romero

In the 1960’s Limousines included record players, ice makers, and wet bars. Today’s limo includes large led screens, internet, dance floors with poles and laser lights, amazing sound systems and everything you want.

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