A Hansom cab
is kind of horse
- drawn carriage
first designed and patented in 1834
by Joseph Hansom
, an architect
. Originally known as the Hansom Safety Cab
, its purpose was to combine speed with safety, with a low center of gravity that was essential for safe cornering.
The Hansom Cab was introduced to the United States during the late 19th century, and was most commonly used there in New York City.
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