Postcard: Vintage Coney Island Hospital Ambulance


Source: NYC EMS via Friends of Ocean Parkway

Our friends at Friends of Ocean Parkway via the twitter feed of NYC EMS Website, turned us onto this beautiful archival photograph of an old-timey Coney Island Ambulance from the early 1900s. This horse drawn ambulance probably had to deal with patients suffering catastrophic emergencies stemming from tuberculosis, pneumonia, and diarrhea, the three most fatal diseases of the era. Thank the lord that last one rarely kills, or our esteemed editor would go through several lives a day.


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  • BrooklynBus

    Actually that’s what my mother died from in 2000. Influenza must have been Number 4, I am guessing.

  • BrooklynBus

    Actually my mother died from diarrhea in 2000. I’m guessing that influenza must have been number 4.

    • Diarrhea, or the dehydration that can be the result of it?

      • BrooklynBus

        Actually it was both I think.

  • winson

    i bet 90% of patients on these ambulances died before they reached the hospital :P