Coach for transporting people, luggage and mail, 19th century


For a long time the distance that people could move was determined by the muscle power of their legs or the tractive force of animals, and it could also be restricted by the authorities. Nevertheless, even in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period people were mobile. Migrant farm workers, travelling salesmen, journeymen and beggars, as well as explorers and soldiers: they were all on the move throughout Europe. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries new means of transport such as the railway train and the bicycle increased mobility.