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23/05/2010

Checker Taxicab, New York


This is a photo of a Checker Taxicab taken around Washington Square in Manhattan, New York City.
The Checker Taxi (Checker Cab) was the American taxicab produced by the Checker Motors Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Checker Taxis were used by its founder Morris Markin in the taxi service that he owned and operated under the name Parmalee System. While Markin's competitor John D. Hertz coined the term Yellow Cab, Markin's Checker, particularly the 1956-82 A8/Marathon, remains the most famous taxi cab vehicle in the United States. It is comparable to the London Taxi in its nationally renowned styling, which went unchanged throughout its use, and also for its iconic status.

1 comment:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Those are certainly workhorses. Great shot