New York Cab Co

This edition captures New York’s Famously long streets, hustle, vibrancy, flags and the iconic yellow taxi. The inspiration was taken from walking on a beautiful November sunny day with blue sky which was changed to white here to draw the viewers focus into the frame.

The first taxicab company in New York City was the Samuel’s Electric Carriage and Wagon Company (E.C.W.C.), which began running 12 electric hansom cabs in July 1897. Another  notable first on May 20, 1899, Jacob German, driving an electric taxicab received the first speeding ticket in the United States.

By the early 1900s the Electric Vehicle company was running up to 1,000 electric taxicabs on the streets of New York City until, in January 1907, a fire destroyed 300 of these vehicles which, in conjunction with the Panic of 1907 caused the company to collapse.

Following the collapse horse-drawn cabs once again became a primary means of transport around New York City. In early 1907 Harry N. Allen, incensed after being charged five dollars (equivalent to $130 in 2019) for a journey of 0.75 miles (1.2 km), decided “to start a [taxicab] service in New York and charge so-much per mile.” Later that year he imported 65 gasoline-powered cars from France and began the New York Taxicab Company.


This signed print is one of a limited edition. It’s recorded on Hahnemühle stock via a large format mimeograph and generally referred to as Giclée prints of premium quality. The paper is white 100% a-cellulose with a distinct textured surface and the premium matt inkjet coating more than meets the highest industry standards vis-à-vis density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness, while preserving the extraordinary touch and feel of genuine art paper. The editions depicted on Iconic Reserve are not representative of scale and solely for the purpose of suggestive display.


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Signed limited edition
1 of 0, 420mm x 597mm
Recorded on Hahnemühle
New York collection