Cartoon of a Cabbie Soliciting Trade, 1846

Summary

A taxicab driver petitions a would-be customer by pointing to the threat of rain in this cartoon from 1846. The first horse-drawn carriages for hire appeared on city streets by the early 1600s. Light, two-wheel hansom cabs, like the one in this illustration, emerged in the 1830s. Motorized taxis began to replace horse-drawn cabs in the 1890s.

A taxicab driver petitions a would-be customer by pointing to the threat of rain in this cartoon from 1846. The first horse-drawn carriages for hire appeared on city streets by the early 1600s. Light, two-wheel hansom cabs, like the one in this illustration, emerged in the 1830s. Motorized taxis began to replace horse-drawn cabs in the 1890s.

Artifact

Cartoon (Humorous image)

Subject Date

1846

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.472

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Wood engraving (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 in

Width: 3.75 in

Inscriptions

Description beneath: Published in New York in 1846 (cartoon of a cabbie soliciting trade.)

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