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Taxi history from the 1870s to 1960s is illustrated with more than 100 photos and text by Norman Beattie. The focus of Winnipeg Cab History is on Winnipeg, Manitoba but the taxi historical themes are universal. From small horse-drawn liveries operating out of stables to fleets of Cadillacs, Nashs, Packards and Studebakers, this is an enthralling read for taxi folk everywhere.
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A subset of Taxi Library focused on San Francisco
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A model poses as a horse cab driver in this postcard from the Femmes Cocher collection gathered by Norman Beattie. The series celebrates the role of women in the Paris taxi trade during the early 1900s.
Best collection of taxi-related documents
Taxi Library is a non-commercial educational website serving the taxicab industry worldwide. It provides an extensive collection of documents and links relating to the taxi business, which is a private segment of municipal and rural transportation systems throughout the world.
Founded as Taxi-L in 1999 by former Winnipeg regulator Terry Smythe, Taxi Library represents the contributions of many people including drivers, company managers, regulators, journalists, academics and family members.
Taxi Library is maintained by Charles Rathbone, who began working as a taxicab driver in San Francisco in 1975. He also worked as a labor and community organizer. He operated a cab as a single-shift independent owner-driver, and as an employer with his own one-cab microfleet. He currently works as an assistant manager at a fleet with 200 cabs.
During breaks from his taxi work, Charles earned a BA degree in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley, and satisfied a wanderlust that took him to 40 states and 33 countries.
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