American Taxi


A Century Of Service

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This introduction to the world of taxicabs photographically chronicles the evolution of the American motorized taxi from its humble beginnings as electric hansom cabs to the current gas/electric hybrid SUVs currently appearing on both coasts.
Enjoy the Taxi experience through photographs and the history of famous taxi marques, such as Yellow, General, Checker, DeSoto, Packard, Plymouth, Ford, & Studebaker – many minor companies are also represented with forgotten names like Rockwell, Five Boros, Paramount, Hupmobile and Diamond T. Also includes brief sections on contributions of John D Hertz, Morris Markin and John and James Waters.

Oddball experiments, unusual taxis, lights, meters, and taxi memorabilia are highlighted.