Patented in 1834 by the English architect Joseph Hansom, this type of vehicle quickly gained acceptance as a public cab. Hansom's original was redesigned a number of times.

Putting the driver high up behind the cab was probably the most significant modification. The Hansom was still awkward and difficult to handle. This cab originally saw service in Liverpool, England. Note the similarity of the coachman and the later chauffeur operating from the outside of the vehicle.

Accession no. 1996L05

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