March 2015, Fenway

taxi

taxi lot, fenway  (sonya kovacic)

taxi lot, fenway (sonya kovacic)

Definition from the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Taxicab, chauffeur-driven automobile available for hire to carry passengers between any two points within a city or its suburbs for a fare determined by a meter or zone system or a flat rate. The taxicab is named after the taximeter, an instrument invented by Wilhelm Bruhn in 1891 that automatically recorded the distance traveled and/or the time consumed, thus enabling the fare to be accurately measured. The term cab derives from the cabriolet, a two-wheeled, one-horse carriage often let out for hire.


The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline has America's oldest car collection. Included in the collection is a 1925 Luxor Taxi, a brand of taxi manufactured in Framingham.

Take a look at a 1932 picture of veteran horse cabby, Timothy Murphy.