Zebra taxi cab in Brixton Road!

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I had this fascinating photo forwarded to me by a poster here (thanks!) of a zebra-driven taxi cab leaving Brixton and heading for Stockwell.

    The photo wasn't dated, but I'm guessing that it was taken around 1915. The only real clue is the advertisement for Quin and Axtens on the railway bridge, although that seems to have changed regularly - witness the different styles seen in 1920 and a year later.

    The lower poster on the corner of Brixton Station Road is for a piano shop, while just past the bridge can be seen the original Woolworths, on the junction of Brixton Road and Atlantic Road.

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    More info anyone?
     
  2. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    It wasn't advertsing some long gone Brixton zoo or anything was it?
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    What's odd is that nobody seems particularly phased by the zebra.
     
  4. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    That boy to the right looks fascinated :cool:
     
  5. Pip

    Pip Well-Known Member

    I think the nearest zoo then was in Camberwell.
     
  6. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    I wondered if the carriage has pneumatic tyres, or any kind of rubberised track - might be a prety rickety journey given the absence of tarmac. Does the absence of tarmac help pin it down?

    The number plate is the only other thing I can see.

    My guess from no where would be 1924 . . .
     
  7. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Maybe they used to belong to Lord Rothschild and he got bored with them and sold them off?

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  8. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  9. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  10. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Rothschild didn't always use four zebras though

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  11. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap

  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Pretty sure it's not Lord Rothschild driving the cab.
     
  13. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Indeed, you wouldn't catch him south of the river.
     
  14. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox



    Well, it doesn't look like him, but hard to see if he's got a beard, but he may have had a chauffeur? Not like he was poor :D
     
  15. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Brixton was quite posh in them days you know :mad::p
     
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's not a taxi cab either - I got that bit wrong. It's more of a trap, or maybe it's a gig, a fly or one of the zillions of vehicle classifications available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cart
     
  17. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Lady Meux's family were at Temple Bar which is only across the River
     
  18. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    It is a phaeton?

    So that could have been a chauffeur

    Now, apparently a zebra's stripes are as unique as fingerprints. All we have to do is study the stripes and compare it to the others :hmm:
     
  19. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap

    In addition to the site I posted above this is another site which has the picture. Scroll down to about picture ten or so. This set looks similar to the other ones of London but I think there are one or two more. They are smaller here though:

    http://doseng.org/raznoe/9391-london-nachalo-xix-veka-32-foto.html

    Lots of interesting pictures of well known London sites and a few cinemas, also one of Victoria Station.
     
  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It could have been, except every picture shows Rothschild driving himself.
     
  21. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Maybe he didn't like South London drivers?
     
  22. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Looks like grass

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    This doesn't look like a busy, main road

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    Maybe he was too scared to drive on big London roads himself :D
     
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They were invented by then, but I would have thought that motor cars would be a rare sight on the streets in 1900.

    In fact that date must be wrong because electrified trams didn't arrive in Brixton until 1904.
     
  24. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    and from your photos, here's the rebuilding of the lines in 1907

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    and in 1910

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    and the sign shows on both bridges
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The Quin and Axtens sign was on the railway bridge for decades - sometimes changing year by year - so it's not much help in dating the photo.

    Nothing there in 1905 though and it looks like the bridge may have been replaced then.

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  26. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Men wearing bowler hats doesn't help either as they were being worn from the 1850s :mad::D
     
  27. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Ooh! I was going to say it looks more like a trap.

    *awards self 1 point*
     
  28. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  29. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    i think i've found the answer
     
  30. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    http://landmark.lambeth.gov.uk/display_page.asp?section=landmark&id=2128

    This picture is also 1912
     

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