Monday Minstrel: The Hansom Cab

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Joseph Hansom designed the two wheeled hansom cab in 1834. The design allowed it to be pulled by one horse and to go quickly through the streets.  Here is a good description from Kathleen Walker-Meikle’s book “The Horse Book”

The two passengers would sit directly behind the large wheels, while the driver would sit behind, on a seat level with the cab’s roof. The front of the cab was open, and two folding doors would close in front of the passengers legs. Cabs also had side windows and usually leather curtains, which could be drawn across if desired. If there were more than two passengers, the services of a four-wheeled carriage ( called a ‘growler’) could be used instead . In Dublin, most of the carriages for hire were ‘jaunting cars’, which had two back-to-back bench seats facing outwards, and the passengers risked getting thrown off at speed around tight corners. 

By the end of the 19th Century, cities across the world had hansom cabs, from London to Paris, Berlin, St Petersburg and New York. Innovations flourished, such as rubber tyres by the 1880s ( bells were needed to warn other traffic due to their quietness) and the first taximeter, which was invented in the 1890s. By the early 20th century, motorized vehicles had replaced the horse-drawn cabs. “

And today…..things have changed even more!

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. doar nicole says:

    “Well played horse, well played!” 😀 Funny and cute. 🙂

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  2. Avery says:

    I love that meme. Gives me a chuckle every time!

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  3. This made me smile!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the humor!

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  4. Should have been neat. My husband kissed me, and that’s what happened

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Woo Hoo…..that’s a good reason for a typo!

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  5. Wow! What a roles-switch!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      HaHa! Yes it is. I think that the horses that pulled cabs back in the day were often over worked and underfed. The modern horse getting a ride in the horse trailer is a luxury animal very well looked after. But there is some humor in this comparison.

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  6. Jeff Rab says:

    Witty, witty!!! Facts and fun in same post!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks! That was my objective. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. I love Hansom cabs! They remind me of Sherlock Holmes. Lol

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! Holmes had many adventures that involved hansom cabs!

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  8. Years ago, I read “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab,” which was a huge bestseller in Australia, in the late 1800’s. As I remember, it was fun to read, but apparently forgettable, because all I remember (I think?) is that when the cab arrived at its destination, the driver realized his passenger had been murdered. Don’t remember who paid the fare.
    It’s a very elegant-looking vehicle.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I don’t know that one. No doubt the cab driver would have been concerned about who was going to pay!

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  9. Kelly MacKay says:

    Cute final photo. I visited a carriage factory in my story searching around Sackville. part 2 it was closed but I love old horse carriages. I will have to return

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