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My collection of taxicab memorabilia - click on each photo to view it.

Airflow Taxi

Airflow Taxi

I always loved the Chrysler Airflow; this is a 1935, made in Portgual by Rex Toys. It's 4-1/2 inches long.


Ajax Driver's Badge 1970

Ajax Driver's Badge 1970

A driver's badge from Ajax, Ontario. Drivers had to wear these as identification when on duty.


Albany New York 1950

Albany New York 1950

The city of Albany, New York issued its taxi licenses through the police department.


Ashtray Cozy Cab Rhode Island

Ashtray Cozy Cab Rhode Island

An ashtray, date unknown, from the Cozy Cab company of Newport, Rhode Island.


Ashtray Transit Cab

Ashtray Transit Cab

An ashtray for Transit Cab, "Any Time, Anywhere." The car appears to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s. There's no indication of the city.


Audi A6 Avant Siku

Audi A6 Avant Siku

An Audi A6 Avant, 3-1/2 inches long, made by Siku. The bottom says it's a six-cylinder and can do 214 km/h.


Austin Taxi 1985

Austin Taxi 1985

A metal toy, 4-1/2 inches long, with the Yellow Pages logo.


Avon After-Shave 1926 Taxi

Avon After-Shave 1926 Taxi

A 1926 Checker Cab from Avon, originally filled with Deep Woods after-shave (which sounds more like a mosquito repellent). You see these at flea markets all the time, but I bought this new from the Avon lady in the 1980s.


Badge Taxi Service

Badge Taxi Service

This is a common configuration for a taxi badge, and could have been used in any jurisdiction. It appears that this one is a blank, since a number hasn't been engraved into it.


Badge Yellow Cab

Badge Yellow Cab

A cloth embroidered badge, meant to be sewn onto a jacket.


Balsa Wood Taxi

Balsa Wood Taxi

A balsa wood taxi, with "Welcome to USA" on the rooflight. It came as a flat sheet and I had to punch out the shapes and put it together.


Barcelona Magnet

Barcelona Magnet

A taxi magnet from Barcelona, Spain, where the cabs are all this black and yellow paint scheme.


Barcelona Stuffed Toy

Barcelona Stuffed Toy

I was in Barcelona, Spain on a business trip. The city is filled with black and yellow taxis. I was finished my shopping at the airport when I noticed one more souvenir store and didn't it have all kinds of taxi stuff, including this little stuffed toy key chain.


Barclay Metal Taxi

Barclay Metal Taxi

This lovely little metal taxi is just over three inches long. It's made in the U.S. and marked Barclay #31. I believe someone may have repainted it, because I didn't pay enough for it to be original.


Barclay Taxi

Barclay Taxi

A metal toy with the marking "Barclay", made in the U.S. These show up occasionally at flea markets. It's three inches long. Mine's in tough shape, but mint-condition ones command some very serious prices.


Bathroom 1

Bathroom 1

Some people have recreation rooms where they can display their collections. I don't. So I figured, if you're going to be sitting there anyway, why not have something to see? And so my taxi collection is almost entirely stuffed into the bathroom, which is finished in the appropriate shade of yellow, with checkerboard trim.


Bathroom 2

Bathroom 2

Taxis of all types are next to the sink. And there's a rooflight on the toilet tank.


Bathroom 3

Bathroom 3

The taxi plates go almost around all four walls.


Bathroom 4

Bathroom 4

This wall cabinet seemed too big when it was first made -- and now it's too small!


Battle Machines Taxi

Battle Machines Taxi

What I wouldn't have given for one of these when I was driving. It's a 1957 Chevrolet, made by Jada Toys, and is part of a series of "Battle Machine" toy cars. It's 3-1/2 inches long. The license plate reads T1BCKL3, an obvious pun on the Travis Bickle character in the movie "Taxi Driver."


Beetle Taxi

Beetle Taxi

Another Beetle taxi by Vitesse, in different trim. This time the license plate properly reads "Rio de Janeiro."


Beetle Taxi

Beetle Taxi

A Beetle cab made in China by Vitesse. The license plate is from "Riodejonaire."


Belt Buckle East End Taxi

Belt Buckle East End Taxi

I worked for East End Taxi, and one year they had these belt buckles made.


BMW M6

BMW M6

You'd certainly get to your destination in a hurry! I saw this in the window of a toy store in Chengdu, China and of course it had to come home with me.


BMW X5 German Taxicab

BMW X5 German Taxicab

I never actually saw a BMW X5 taxicab in Munich, but I was able to buy a toy of one there. It's made by Siku and is a little more than three inches long.


Brahma Bull Taxi

Brahma Bull Taxi

I bought this in an airport gift shop, although I don't remember which one. On the bottom it has a copyright "Mand 2000 CPH". It's made of china and is four inches long, and has a little string for hanging as an ornament.


British Taxi Christmas Ornament

British Taxi Christmas Ornament

A "black cab" ready for the holiday season!


Brockville, Ontario License and Badge

Brockville, Ontario License and Badge

A taxi license from Brockville, Ontario, dated 1976. The badges are common enough, but getting one with the corresponding paper license is a real find. A friend picked this up at a flea market for me.


Buffalo Pin

Buffalo Pin

I have a metal taxi driver's badge from Buffalo, New York, but this is a metal-backed plastic-covered pin. There's no date on it.


Buick Regal Corgi Juniors

Buick Regal Corgi Juniors

A Buick Regal made in Great Britain by Corgi Juniors.


Cabover Wrecker and Cadillac

Cabover Wrecker and Cadillac

A cabover wrecker and 1965 Cadillac, sold as a set by Maisto. The wrecker is five inches long.


Cadillac Escalade Hot Wheels

Cadillac Escalade Hot Wheels

A plastic 2007 Cadillac Escalade. The door logo reads "City of Hot Wheels."


Cadillac Metal Taxi

Cadillac Metal Taxi

A stylized metal taxi that I think is supposed to be a Cadillac. It's seven inches long and there are no manufacturer's markings on it. Someone has repainted it over the years.


Cadillac Tin Toy

Cadillac Tin Toy

A 1950-ish Cadillac, 7 inches long. There are no company markings on it, but it does have "Made In Japan" faintly stamped into the underside. The Yellow Cab signs on its doors were added separately, and on the trunk it has a metal sign with a green dot and "Go" on the left, and a red dot and "Stop" on the right. An absolutely beautiful toy in lovely condition.


Cap Badge Buffalo New York

Cap Badge Buffalo New York

A cap badge, date unknown, from Buffalo, New York.


Cap Badge Flint

Cap Badge Flint

A 1993-1994 cap badge from Flint, Michigan.


Cap Badge Nebraska

Cap Badge Nebraska

A cap badge, date unknown, from Omaha, Nebraska.


Cap Badge Nepean

Cap Badge Nepean

Badges from Nepean, Ontario show up frequently at flea markets, and I have three of them. These were what drivers used to get as licenses.


Cap Badge Nepean Silver

Cap Badge Nepean Silver

In 1971, Nepean went from a bronze-colored shield to this pointed chrome one.


Cap Badge New York City

Cap Badge New York City

Public Hack Driver, New York City, Expires March 31, 1937.


Cap Badge Toronto

Cap Badge Toronto

A Toronto taxi driver's license badge from 1967. I briefly dated its owner and he gave it to me as a gift.


Cap Badge W. L. Branch

Cap Badge W. L. Branch

I know nothing about this badge other than it was neat enough for me to buy it. It says "W. L. Branch Cab 1," and the cab -- which looks like a 1948 Dodge -- just has "Taxi" written on the door.


Cap Badge Yellow Cab Safe Driver

Cap Badge Yellow Cab Safe Driver

I admired this for several years at Hershey and finally shelled out the $70 for it. It says "Yellow Cab Safe Driver" and the number one.


Carlectables Box

Carlectables Box

The bottom reads, "Ian Logan's Carlectables, designed and distributed by Ian Logan Ltd., made in England for Keller Charles of Philadelphia." Beyond that, I have no idea if it's anything more than a fancy tin box!


Cars Vern's Taxi

Cars Vern's Taxi

I don't remember this little guy from the movie "Cars," but he was too cute to leave in the store.


Ceramic 1950 Chevrolet Taxi

Ceramic 1950 Chevrolet Taxi

I think I bought this at a flea market. It's a ceramic 1950 Chevrolet, but there are no markings on it. It's four inches long.


Ceramic 2 Inches

Ceramic 2 Inches

A cute little ceramic taxi, two inches long. It looks like it could be a Dodge.


Ceramic Taxi Box

Ceramic Taxi Box

Along the lines of a Limoges box, with a hinge that opens it up. It's 3-1/2 inches long and is definitely hand-painted, but there are no markings of any sort on the bottom or inside.


Check City Cab

Check City Cab

A china taxi by Department 56, which makes vehicles and buildings for people to design scenes at Christmas and other holidays. This one came with the two "flags." Will there be a battle? Will the Christmas shopper defeat the businessman? Will they eventually figure out they're both too big to fit inside the car?


Checker Cab 1959 Ertl

Checker Cab 1959 Ertl

A Checker cab, four inches long. According to the markings, it's made in China, and is "Number Sixteen In A Series Of Vintage Vehicles From Ertl."


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