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Colorful painting by Dmitry Samarov

Taxi Art

Maxie the Taxi, artwork on the cover of a driver magazine

Deep City Press

Celebrating women drivers in the horse-drawn era

Femmes Cocher

The Legacy Taxi-Library 1.0 Home Index Page

Legacy Home Page

Who is going to Barker Street?


Taxis join a queue of vehicles headed for the Marne battlefront in France during World War I

The Marne in WWI

Gaito Gazdenov wrote seven of his nine novels while driving a taxi in Paris

Gaito Gazdenov

The Legacy Taxi-Library 1.0 World of Taxis Page

Legacy Culture Page

The driving record is a manager's first line of defense against high risk drivers

Driving Record

A customer hands a cash tip to an appreciative taxi driver


Streaks of light follow a taxi descending Washington Street toward San Francisco Chinatown

Taxi Business

The Legacy Taxi-Library 1.0 Business Page

Legacy Business Page

Taxi quotes and anecdotes for all occasions


A campaign poster urges Yes on Proposition A

Ballot Measures

How and why taxis are regulated worldwide


The Legacy Taxi-Library 1.0 Regulation Page

Legacy Regulation Page

Taxis and San Francisco Labor History

Taxi Unions

From horse carriage days into the automobile era

Winnipeg History

Taxi driver watches passenger in rear view mirror

Risky Business

The Legacy Taxi-Library 1.0 Homicide Prevention and Safety Page

Legacy Safety Page

Taxi-themed high heel shoes are yellow with a checker pattern

Taxi Chic

Pricing of taxi service is a critical business decision

Rate of Fare

Don Anderson offers a vivid look into taxi history

Third Carriage Age

An extensive collection of taxi driver and chauffeur badges


What else?

The site contains a few thousand documents, images and links related to the taxi industry.

Everything should be accessible through the three main pages on the navigation bar. The three pages are long but there are many gems within!

Cultural material on the World of Taxis page is organized by geographic region.

The Business page includes items related to regulation and policy arranged by year of publication.

The Safety section on crime prevention is exhaustive and includes a Memoriam page that documents over 2000 taxi driver homicides.

Many pages on the site utilize an earlier design intended for desktop screens. Holding your handheld device horizontally will make those pages more user-friendly. Happy browsing and don't forget the search bar.


Taxi Library is a non-commercial educational website serving the taxicab industry worldwide. It provides an extensive collection of documents and links relating to the taxi business, which is a private segment of municipal and rural transportation systems throughout the world.

The website represents the contributions of many people including drivers, company managers, regulators, journalists, academics and family members.


Taxi Library is maintained by Charles Rathbone, who began working as a taxicab driver in San Francisco in 1975. He also worked as a labor and community organizer. He operated a cab as a single-shift independent owner-driver, and as an employer with his own one-cab microfleet. He is now retired from his work as an assistant manager at a fleet with 200 cabs.

During breaks from his taxi work, Charles earned a BA degree in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley, and satisfied a wanderlust that took him to 40 states and 34 countries. Click here to send him an email.

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