The History Goes way Back
You might think that the taxi service we all know originated from New York City, given the history and stereotype we see in movies and TV shows. A lot of people believe this because of Harry Nathaniel Allen who owned The New York Taxicab Company way back in the early 1900’s. This isn’t true though. Although he may be a big reason because he did order 600 gas powered New York City taxis back in 1907. You might say 1907 is a long time ago, but the taxi service goes back even further than that. Exactly how far? Let’s find out!
You heard it right, even I can’t believe it. Sure it’s not like modern cars, but it was still a taxi service. You paid for transportation for where you needed to go. Back in the 1600’s the service was a hackney carriage. This was a horse drawn carriage that got you exactly where you needed to go. The first ever documented hackney service for hire was the year 1605 in London. Then came along the Hansom cab. It was designed by architect Joseph Hansom back in 1834. This was a modified carriage drawn my only one horse. It had a two wheel design and was much quicker and efficient than the hackney carriage. After this we went on into battery powered taxi cabs which were nicknamed Hummingbirds because of the loud humming noises that emitted from the cars. They hit the street in London on August 19th, 1897. These were a huge advancement from using horses and carriages. Then we went into gas powered vehicles, which led us to where we are today in the taxi cab world.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the history of taxi services throughout the centuries. For any and all taxi cab needs, give Lemon Taxi a call. Whether you just need a ride your hotel or you need to get to the airport, we’re here to help you. Give us a call today!