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Checker Cab

Originally, a Checker Cab was a taxi produced by the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operating under the name "Checker Cabs" in New York and other American cities. The now defunct company was founded by Russian immigrant Morris Markin in 1922.

Checker Cabs were best known for their yellow livery, the black-and-white checkerboard-pattern stripes that ran down their sides, and their roomy interiors, which in addition to the usual back seat, included small collapsible seats immediately behind the front seats to accomodate extra passengers.

Today, many taxi companies in the United States and Canada operate under the name "Checker Cabs," although they may have no historical affiliation with the original company, and most likely do not have any Checker Cabs (per se) in their fleet.