There was a time when people went out in style—real style. The guest of honor rode in a luxurious, gleaming, black, high-wheeled carriage drawn by matched, often gaited, horses. The person for whom festivities were being held was comfortably in place behind an immaculately dressed coachman. Horses were freshly bathed and groomed and stepping high in shining leather and polished hooves.
Pall bearers followed in an open coach with red-velvet bench seats, two men in each, sitting somberly behind a top-hatted driver.