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Daily Video for June 18 – NYC Checker Taxis Begin Service

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The First CHecker Cabs Hit the Road

On June 18, 1923, the first iconic Checker Cab hits the street in New York City.  While taxi services have been in existence in some form since the early 17th century, the yellow painted cars with the checkerboard stripes from New York have become the iconic symbols of taxis everywhere.

While the last Checker Cab was retired in 2009, the cars remain instantly recognizable and highly collectible by car enthusiasts.

Check out this video to see different Checker Cabs over the years:

Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – The Streets of New York, 1930

Photo — “The Streets of New York, 1930”

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Social distancing wasn’t quite necessary 90 years ago as this overhead shot of 36th St. in New York City shows.

1930. “Overhead view of men milling about on 36th St. between 8th and 9th Aves., in the heart of the Garment District”. Photo Margaret Bourke-White

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Artwork

Daily Art – Fish Hall at the Central Market, Victor Gabriel Gilbert

Daily Artwork — “Fish Hall at the Central Market, Victor Gabriel Gilbert, 1881”

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1881 — Fish Hall at the Central Market.  Oil paint on canvas. Impressionism style. Victor Gabriel GIlbert (1847-1933). Private collection.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Packed In”, 1943

Photo — “Packed In, 1943”

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April 1943. “Baltimore, Maryland. Students and workers returning home on a trolley at 5 p.m.” Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

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Photo Prompt

Photo Prompt – People’s Drug, 1922

Photo — “People’s Drug, 1922”

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I love photos like these that are a snapshot of a place at a moment in time.  Even better, now that we have Google Maps and street view, we can see what they look like today and now much (or little) has changed.  In this case, much has changed as the building seems to be completely gone, and the whole area servicing banking and retail.– via Google.

What’s also very interesting here is how the merchandise is displayed and advertised, as opposed to drug stores/pharmacies today where you see more insurance and vaccination information in the windows than product.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. “People’s Drug Store No. 8, 14th Street & Park Road.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 

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