The first taxicab company in New York City was the Samuel's Electric Carriage and Wagon Company, which began running 12 electric hansom cabs in July 1897.
In the 1960s New York City experienced many of the problems of social unrest that engulfed other American cities. Crime rates increased along with racial tensions. As a result, a quickly growing industry of private livery services emerged. Unofficial drivers were barred from picking up people on the street, but they readily found business in under-served neighborhoods.
In 1967, New York City ordered all "medallion taxis" be painted yellow to help cut down on unofficial drivers and make official taxicabs more readily recognizable. The wife of the president of New Departure, Nettie Rockwell, particularly liked the color yellow and it therefore became the color of the new Rockwell taxicabs. The Rockwell Service Cab became the Yellow Taxicab when Mrs. Rockwell selected that as her choice of color for the auto.
Here's a selection of interesting analog photos of yellow taxicabs in New York City.
|taste and flavor by ho_hokus|
|World Class Traffic Jam 2 by joiseyshowaa|
|NYC TAXIS by Elise Bonilla-Myers|
|Jam. by BeboFlickr|
|South Street Seaport by magastrom|
|McDonald's Manhattan NY (Polaroid) by Politically Incorrect|
|yellow cab by Final Approach|
|NYC TAXI!!! by ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ-BARRIGA|
|yellow cab by Reelene|
|NYC Taxi by Veronica Magan|
|NYC Taxis in Queue by c.giff|
|Taxi by iainbaughen|