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Vintage photos of:
Easter 1911. St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Note the pair of Hansom cabs, named after the inventor (Joseph Hansom) and the type of carriage (cabriolet). Hansom cabriolets fitted with taximeters became known as taxicabs. Note the "curtain" in front of the cab -- to keep the passenger from having to see the horse do what horses do.
Traffic at 5:30 on 2nd Avenue at West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. July 1942. View full size. Kodachrome by Arthur Siegel. The General Motors Building is at left. Here's the same intersection today, seen from the other direction. The picture was taken from the 28-story Fisher Building (green copper roof) across the street.