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Sedan chair

18th century

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This sedan chair was the forerunner of the ambulance. The hospital still has two of them. The parish priest paid two carriers to bring the sick to hospital, but that didn’t stop the servants from grabbing tips from their sick passengers. The sedan chair was only 170 cm high, so that says a lot about the height of adults in the 18th and 19th centuries. Less healthy living conditions meant that people were smaller than they are today.