- Hansom Gab
- The hansom cab was a low-slung closed carriage on two wheels. The driver's seat was in the rear high enough to allow the reins to pass over the roof of the cab and down to the horse in front, which meant that the two passengers it carried had an unobstructed view as well as privacy. The cab was known for its maneuverability and safety features. It became the most popular cab in London from the moment it made its appearance in 1834; in fact, it became a popular cab all over the world. Disraeli referred to it as "the gondola of London."The cab was the invention of Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1882), a woodworker's son born in York, England. He became a successful architect and designed many important buildings and churches, including the town hall of Birmingham. His original patent for the cab was called the "Patent Safety Cab," which he sold, but with disastrous financial results. Although no one is certain of the amount he received, it is reported to have been about 300 pounds, a pittance considering the tremendous value for something so much in demand.Hansom cabs are gone now, except in some parks, such as Central Park in New York City, where lovers can have a few moments of privacy while being taken for a jaunt.
Dictionary of eponyms. Morton S. Freeman. 2013.