July 26, 2013

Photos of New York City Taxi Cabs in The Past

An early electric hansom taxicab on a New York City street, circa 1900.

A New York City yellow cab in 1929.

Nicknamed the "Sunshine" cab, taxis with a European-style sun roof were put into service in New York, June 19, 1936.

The new model taxicab from Chevrolet is shown in New York City, May 17, 1950.

Taxis drive through the streets of Manhattan near 5th Avenue in New York City, 1972.

(via TIME)


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  2. Taxi in the top photo is an Electrobat. It was battery operated but had a very short range, roughly 20 miles. It also weighed around 800 pounds. By 1907, all electric taxis were gone from the streets of New York.

    The second photo shows a Yellow Cab Model 06. Yellow Cab was started by John Hertz, the guy who then went on to Hertz Rent-a-Car fame.

    The third photo of the "Sunshine" cab was built by De Soto, a division of Chrysler. It was called "sunshine' because it came with a sun roof over the rear seat.

    The 1950's Chevy looks good on the photo but they never really made it big as taxis in New York.

    Finally, in the 1970's and 1980's Chevy finally captured a large part of the taxi market especially with their Caprice model. When Chevy stopped making them, Ford stepped in with the Crown Victorias, the taxis that are still in the majority in 2013. Get ready though, they also will be gone over the next two years.

    So, what's missing in these photos? It starts with a C and ends with an R.

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