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

Checker Cab Company Lighter

Checker Cab Company Lighter

The back of this lighter reads, "Broadway 6-5000". It's made in Japan and the company name is Kupper. I bought this in Hershey and I think I paid $50 for it.


Checker Cab Crystal

Checker Cab Crystal

While waiting to get into the 2012 New York Auto Show, I looked over at the convenience store in the show lobby and spotted this little paperweight. It's about two inches across at its widest point.


Checker Cab Dispatcher

Checker Cab Dispatcher

Dispatchers wore badges as drivers did. This one isn't dated but appears to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s, judging by the generic car on it. It's in excellent condition and doesn't have a number stamped into it, so I suspect it was never used.


Checker Cab Railroad 1-87th

Checker Cab Railroad 1-87th

This little plastic beauty is made by Athearn and is intended for use with a train set. It's 1/87th scale and is two inches long. The sign on the back advertises Apollo Savings and Loan.


Checker Christmas Ornament

Checker Christmas Ornament

Santa don't need no reindeer.


Checker Fleet

Checker Fleet

A fleet of Checkers, made by Matchbox and Golden.


Checker Franklin Mint

Checker Franklin Mint

I bought this directly from the Franklin Mint when it was initially offered. It's very heavy and quite detailed, and while I don't remember exactly what I paid, it was enough that it was in installments.


Checker Game

Checker Game

This was an advertisement for the Checker car, but was mailed (in a Christmas "gift-wrapped" envelope) from the Checker Taxi Corporation in New York. The heavy card opens up to reveal a checkerboard, and there is a card of punch-out paper tokens tucked up inside it. It's stuck and I haven't got the nerve to try to pull it out. I bought this a couple of years ago at the Hershey flea market for $50.


Checker Hood Emblem

Checker Hood Emblem

This went on the front of a Checker cab. I think it's from one of the last ones in the 1970s.


Checker Magnet

Checker Magnet

I bought this at a Target store in Pennsylvania. When you press the button, it makes the sound of a car crash, and then says, "Where to?"


Checker Picture

Checker Picture

I don't remember where I found this, but it has a special spot on the wall these days.


Checker Plate

Checker Plate

A vehicle information plate from a Checker. These cars were built in Kalamazoo, but there wasn't any shipping available to Canada. I drove a few taxis for the country's sole importer; when he had enough orders, he'd send a van of drivers to Michigan, and they'd drive them back. I was scheduled to go on the next run, but before enough orders came in, Checker folded.


Checker Spoon

Checker Spoon

A collector spoon from the New York New York casino in Las Vegas.


Checker Sun Star Illinois

Checker Sun Star Illinois

One of Sun Star's Checker series. It just says Illinois on the plate although the box indicated it was from Chicago.


Checker Sun Star Los Angeles

Checker Sun Star Los Angeles

Sun Star made a variety of these taxis, all ten inches long, for different cities. This one is Yellow Cab in Los Angeles.


Checker Sun Star New York

Checker Sun Star New York

The New York version of Sun Star's Checker series.


Checker Taxi

Checker Taxi

A little plastic Checker, about 1-1/2 inches long. If memory serves, this was a toy in a Kinder Surprise egg.


Chevrolet 1939 Taxi

Chevrolet 1939 Taxi

A left-hand-drive 1939 Chevrolet, badged as an Australian taxi, made in England. The bottom says "Days Gone - Model Manufactured by Lledo PLC Enfield." It's 3-1/2 inches long.


Chevrolet 1939 Yellow Cab Alberta

Chevrolet 1939 Yellow Cab Alberta

Another 1939 Chevrolet by Lledo under the "Days Gone" imprint, made in England. Very surprisingly, the license plate is from Alberta, and there's a CDN tag on the trunk.


Chevrolet 1950 by Solido

Chevrolet 1950 by Solido

A 1950 Checker by Solido, made in France. It's 4-1/2 inches long.


Chevrolet 1950 I Love New York

Chevrolet 1950 I Love New York

A 1950 Chevrolet made by Solido; it's four and a half inches long. Oddly, it's marked "Licensed by Lionel Trains."


Chevrolet 1950 Taxi

Chevrolet 1950 Taxi

Made in China by Golden, this 1950 Chevrolet is three inches long.


Chevrolet 1955 Hot  Wheels

Chevrolet 1955 Hot Wheels

A 1955 Chevrolet made by Hot Wheels. It's done up like a race car with Super Tuned 502 on the door and fender.


Chevrolet Bel Air 1973 New York

Chevrolet Bel Air 1973 New York

A metal model made by Premium X and part of its taxi collection. It's five inches long and very detailed, although none of the doors, hood, or trunk open. It's rare to find this base-level trim as a model, but it was the most popular for real cabs.


Chevrolet Caprice 1995

Chevrolet Caprice 1995

A 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, made by Johnny Lightning in China. It's surprising well-detailed. The rates, which are normally on the door, have been stuck onto the back windows.


Chevrolet Caprice Checker

Chevrolet Caprice Checker

A 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, running in the colors of Checker Cab. It's by Road Champs and is 5 inches long.


Chevrolet Caprice Classic by Corgi

Chevrolet Caprice Classic by Corgi

A Corgi Chevrolet Caprice Classic, five and a half inches long. The rooflight reads "Think TWA", while a bumper sticker on the trunk says, "Don't Tailgate." The fare is 75 cents for the first 1/7 mile, 10 cents each extra 1/7 mile. The car is made in Great Britain. It had a whip antenna on the front fender at one time, but it's broken off.


Chevrolet Caprice IMLB Maisto

Chevrolet Caprice IMLB Maisto

A "Chevrolet Chevy Caprice," according to the bottom, made in China by Maisto. The rooflight and the rear fenders read IMLB.


Chevrolet Caprice New York City

Chevrolet Caprice New York City

A New York City Chevrolet Caprice, made by Golden in China. It's three inches long.


Chevrolet Caprice NYC Taxi

Chevrolet Caprice NYC Taxi

A Road Champs Chevrolet Caprice, part of a set of various cab company markings. This one's a generic New York City model.


Chevrolet Caprice UT Models

Chevrolet Caprice UT Models

A Chevrolet Caprice, 11-1/2 inches long, made by UT Models in metal. It's done as a New York City cab with number 8G90.


Chevrolet Impala Johnny Lightning

Chevrolet Impala Johnny Lightning

A very nice little 1995 Chevrolet Impala, made by Johnny Lightning, three inches long and quite heavy. Its badge number is 49.


Chevrolet Impala Maisto 396

Chevrolet Impala Maisto 396

A 2000 Chevrolet Impala, made by Maisto and about eleven inches long. The hood and trunk open, and it has a cab radio and meter inside, along with some unidentifiable box over the instrument cluster.


Chevrolet Impala Majorette

Chevrolet Impala Majorette

A Chevrolet Impala, three inches long and made by Majorette. The front doors open.


Chevrolet Impala Taxi

Chevrolet Impala Taxi

A Chevrolet Impala taxi, made by Majorette in France. I have yet to figure out why a car with California license plates would be carrying an advertisement for the Bronx Zoo.


Chevrolet Impala Taxi

Chevrolet Impala Taxi

A 2000 Chevrolet Impala, made in China by Road Champs. It's 4-1/2 inches long and the front doors and trunk open. A sticker on the trunk warns that "School's Open." It also appears to have a manual stick shift on the floor.


Chevrolet New York Taxi

Chevrolet New York Taxi

A 2000 Chevrolet Impala, made by Maisto, with opening hood. It doesn't have a meter, but it does have a complicated console that looks like it might contain a police scanner. I suspect that the company put a different light on top and also sold it as a cop car.


Chevrolet Taxi

Chevrolet Taxi

A "Metro Taxi," otherwise unmarked except that it's made in China. The doors and trunk open.


Chevrolet Taxi

Chevrolet Taxi

A very oddly-proportioned 1930s Chevrolet taxi, made by Golden in China.


Chevrolet Taxi

Chevrolet Taxi

An unmarked die cast toy, with opening front doors. It's 4 inches long.


Chevrolet Taxi 1955

Chevrolet Taxi 1955

A 1955 Chevrolet, made in China by Road Champs. The doors and trunk open.


Chevrolet Taxi 1966

Chevrolet Taxi 1966

Somebody better call Maaco. This unusual 1966 Chevrolet taxi is made in Israel; the marking on the bottom says "Cragstan Detroit Senior." It's 4-1/2 inches long and the trunk opens.


Chevrolet Wrecker and Scion

Chevrolet Wrecker and Scion

A Chevrolet wrecker and Scion xB taxi, sold as a set by Maisto. The wrecker is five inches long.


Chevron Taxi

Chevron Taxi

A plastic taxi, six inches long. The front doors open open to reveal a steering wheel and meter, and the trunk opens and it's full of luggage. It has a Chevron logo, as in the gas station, and the bottom says it's a "Tyler Taxi No. 6" with a 1997 copyright. I'm guessing they were sold at the stations.


Child's Toy Taxi

Child's Toy Taxi

A child's toy molded in flexible plastic, made in Thailand. It was probably part of a set, as it's got a hitch that lets you join several together, like a train.


China Taxi Department 56

China Taxi Department 56

A china taxi made by Department 56, which produces buildings and vehicles for people to make Christmas and other holiday scenes. This one is just over three inches and marked 1987.


Chrysler 300 Taxi

Chrysler 300 Taxi

The Chrysler 300, as envisioned by Dub. It's made in China by Jada Toys and is three inches long.


Chrysler Windsor Taxi

Chrysler Windsor Taxi

1948 Chrysler Windsor Taxi, made by Solido in France. It's about five inches long.


Cigar Label Yellow Cab

Cigar Label Yellow Cab

Yellow Cab was a popular cigar, apparently named after the cab company in 1925. The brand shows up on a lot of reproduction items but this is a vintage cigar box label.


Citroen 1958

Citroen 1958

A metal model, just over four inches long, of a 1958 Citroen as an Amsterdam taxi.


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