Vintage Photograph From 1907 Shows One of the First Metered Taxi Cabs in New York City

Woman passenger in a 1910 taxi cab, New York, USA
Woman passenger in a 1910 taxi cab, New York, USA

August 13th, 1907: The first metered taxicab took to the streets of New York City. Harry N. Allen incensed after being charged five dollars ($126.98 in today's dollars) for a journey of 0.75 miles (1.21 km), decided "to start a [taxicab] service in New York and charge so-much per mile." Later that year he imported 65 gasoline-powered cars from France and began the New York Taxicab Company. The cabs were originally painted red and green, but Allen repainted them all yellow to be visible from a distance. By 1908 the company was running 700 taxicabs.

Check out the accompanying article on 365 Days of Motoring to read more about the first metered taxi cab in New York City.

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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