A Funeral Director's Hearse History

Pray, Joseph Ernest
November 2011
American Funeral Director;Nov2011, Vol. 134 Issue 11, p20
Trade Publication
The author discusses the history of the funeral hearse in the U.S. He describes a horse-drawn wagon called the buckboard that evolved into a hearse with glass windows that encased the casket. He examines the manufacture of funeral coaches by Piqua, Ohio-based Meteor Car Co. in the 1920s, including the modification of LaSalle and Cadillac limousines in the 1930s. He focuses on the change in the design of glass enclosed funeral coaches in the 1940s.


Related Articles

  • City Limousine Sales displayed latest version of ESV-H at NFD&MA Show.  // Funeral Home & Cemetery News;Sep2011, pB4 

    The article offers brief information on the ESV-H funeral car designed for oversized caskets City Limousine Sales, launched at the National Funeral Directors and Mortician Association (NFD&MA) Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Professional Vehicle Selection. Lautermilch, Tim // American Funeral Director;Aug2011, Vol. 134 Issue 8, p66 

    In this article, the author provides useful tips for funeral home operators on the subject of acquiring funeral coaches and limousines. He advises funeral directors not to just base their buying solely on price but also on other factors such as how long the dealer has been in business, its...

  • Ready to Ride... Bartsche, Patti Martin // American Funeral Director;Mar2013, Vol. 136 Issue 3, p40 

    The article offers a look at several vehicles showcased at the National Funeral Directors Association's Convention that was held in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2013. It presents information on the features of the 2013 Cadillac XTS livery sedan. The article also features such automobiles as the...

  • Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home Takes Delivery of New Echelon Hearse.  // Funeral Home & Cemetery News;Jun2014, pA18 

    A photograph is presented of the 2014 Eagle Coach Cadillac XTS Echelon Hearse for Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre, Vermont.

  • Is this a new revenue stream for FDs?  // Funeral Monitor;9/29/2008, Vol. 17 Issue 36, p8 

    The article suggests a new revenue source for funeral directors using limousines in their vehicle inventory. The concept involves repainting the limousines to simulate the appearance of a racecar and have them available for rent as an additional source of income. The author relates this idea...

  • SUPPLIER NEWS.  // Director (NFDA Services, Inc.);Dec2012, Vol. 84 Issue 12, p95 

    The article presents funeral industry supplier news. A new line of S&S and Superior funeral coaches and limousines was unveiled by Accubuilt at the 2012 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo. Answering Service for Directors (ASD) was awarded the 2012 NFDA...

  • READERS' FORUM. Cuzzocrea, Don // Mortuary Management;Nov2014, Vol. 101 Issue 10, p7 

    A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "The Hearse and the Cremator" by Joe Blair in the September 2014 issue.

  • Voss & Sons Funeral Home Purchases New Van.  // Funeral Home & Cemetery News;Jun2013, pA26 

    The article reports on the purchase of a new First Call/Coach mini van for Voss & Sons Funeral Home in Seymour, Indiana from Muster Coaches owner John Muster.

  • William C. Harris Funeral Directors takes Delivery of New Fleet at NFDMA.  // Funeral Home & Cemetery News;Oct2015, pA34 

    The article informs that the William C. Harris Funeral Directors& Cremation Services in St. Louis, Missouri taken over delivery of 6 new 2015 funeral cars at the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Convention held in St. Louis, Missouri.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics