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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Drivurself: 1925

Drivurself: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Glassman (Rent-A-Car Co.)" Former motorcycle cop Herbert Glassman and a Hertz sedan. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Taxi Boss


Washington Post, June 17, 1972.

Herbert Glassman dies on cruise at 73.

Herbert Glassman, former owner of the Sun Cab Company and the old Black and White Cab Company in Baltimore, died yesterday aboard the Cunard Adventurer. The ship was returning from a cruise to Bermuda.

Mr. Glassman, who was 73, died following a long illness. He was a resident of Norfolk.

Born in London, he came to this country as a youngster and served for several years on the Washington police force. During World War I he served in the Army. After the war he became on of the early operators of a rent-a-car business, affiliating his company with the Hertz organization.

In the 1930's, he became the owner and operator of the City Cab Company and the General Cab Company in Washington. In the 1930's [sic], he became the owner and operator of the Baltimore cab companies. He sold those companies in 1967. At the same time he was active in real estate in Washington and at one time owned the Dorchester House Apartments and the Commonwealth Building. …

Drivurself

Ad from the June 13, 1925, Washington Post. The thrust of the headline seems to be: DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A TAXICAB.

Police Officer

Herbert Glassman was cited for bravery during the race riots of 1919. In 1929, he was arrested for leading the city's largest liquor ring out of his rental car agency.

Deer In The Headlights

Notice the expression on Mr. Glassman's secretary, as seen through his storefront window directly over the car's radiator cap.

In real life

1925 Hertz D-1 five-passenger touring car at Auctions America. Needs some TLC.

Yellow Hertz

The Hertz automobile was a short-lived product of Mr. Hertz's Yellow Cab Manufacturing Co. Note the "Y" logo on the wheel hubs. I've never seen a picture of one of these before.

 
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