The American Taxi: A Century of Service


A Century Of Service


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.