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Batman’s Yellow Taxi Cab

A wild taxi cab is featured in this Chicago Sun-Times press photo dated April 9, 1940. The press release with it reads as follows: “A streamlined taxicab of the type soon to be but into service has been placed on display at the Hotel Sherman. The cab is equipped with portholes, one above the driver and the other over the passenger compartment. At right Frances Musinger is shown in the rear seat with the Landaulet top lowered. The new vehicles are to replace 1,200 cabs now operated by the Yellow Cab Company”. The Checker Taxi Company also plans to use this new type of cab. The Old Motor photo.

3 responses to “Batman’s Yellow Taxi Cab

  1. From an article in the Chicago Tribune, also dated April 9, 1940.

    “New Fleet Planned

    “Chicagoans were given a preview of the Chicago Yellow Cab company’s new taxicabs yesterday when one of the streamlined models was put on display in the Sherman hotel. The cab has all the latest gadgets, including mirrors for the ladies, special crash padded upholstery, a buzzer which warns pedestrians when the driver backs up, a porthole in the roof, and a ‘landaulet’ top over the rear seat which can be lowered on sunny days.

    “Benjamin Samuels, president of the company, said 200 or 300 of the new cabs will be put in service May 1, and the company’s entire fleet of 1,200 cabs will be replaced as quickly as possible.

    “Michael M. Sokoll, president of the Checker Taxi company, announced that his firm’s fleet of 1,000 cabs also will be replaced with about 100 of the new models reaching Chicago streets May 15.

    “Cabs of both companies will be similar except for the traditional color schemes. Even the driver gets a break. Driver’s seats on the new models have six different adjustments. Two roof ventilators keep air in the taxi fresher. The new taxis will not roll backward when stopped on an incline. And they have a “whistling gasoline tank” which warns when the tank is about to be flooded by a filling station attendent [sic].”

    The roof ventilators and the portholes were apparently the same device for letting air into the vehicle.

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