Episode 062—No More Horsing Around 2


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The clippity-clop of a horse pulling a two-wheeled Hansom cab through the streets of London marked the beginning of what would be the modern taxicab business. Ah, if only it were that simple. See, first the cab’s inventor, James Hansom, went bankrupt. Then his cabs crossed the Atlantic. Then, there was this terrible to-do down New York’s Fifth Avenue because a Hansom cab driver cheated his passenger who who wound up cursing the cab business.

It’s a lot to sort out. But, in Episode 062 of the Out Of My Mind podcast, host Jay Douglas does just that, with the story of James Hansom, American businessman Harry Allen, a somewhat slippery New York Hansom cab driver and the motorized taxis that eventually took over the streets of New York.

 

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