City Cab Company Taxi Service and the American Fire and Casualty Company

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Title

City Cab Company Taxi Service and the American Fire and Casualty Company

Alternative Title

City Cab Co. & American Fire & Casualty Co.

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Taxis (Vehicles)
Tires--United States
Insurance--Florida

Description

This photograph shows three businesses located on South Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Florida, sometime between 1941 and 1946: City Cab Company Taxi Service, Kelly's Tires, and the American Fire and Casualty Company. City Cab Co. was founded by Napoleon B. Broward as early as 1941. Broward left the company in 1943 and was replaced by the company's secretary treasurer, Paul Mears. Later renamed Mears Transportation, it became one of the largest taxicab companies in Orlando and still operates today. The Exchange Building, pictured in the distance, was home to American Fire, an Ohio-based insurance corporation that had offices in the top two floors of the building for 18 years. In 1946, the insurance company bought the building and renamed it the American Building. These lots, as well as the rest of the block, were later replaced by the CNA Tower and Barnett Plaza.

Creator

Pfiffer, Jim

Source

Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Downtown Orlando Information Center, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1941-1946

Is Format Of

Original color digital image by Robert Randall, September 22, 2014.

Is Part Of

Downtown Orlando Information Center Collection, Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

235 KB

Medium

8 x 10 inch black and white photograph

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

City Cab Company Taxi Service, Downtown Orlando, Florida
American Fire and Casualty Company, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Randall, Robert
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"The Historic Icons of Orlando." Orlando Remembered. http://www.historiciconsoforlando.com/.
Bacon, Eve. "Post-War Building Era Begins." In Orlando A Centennial History, 138. Vol. 2. Chuluota: Mickler House, Publishers, 1977.
R. L. Polk & Company "Street Directory." Florida Polk's Orlando City Directory: Including Winter Park and Orange County. Richmond, Va: R. L. Polk, 1941.
R. L. Polk & Company "Street Directory." Florida Polk's Orlando City Directory 1943-44: Including Winter Park and Orange County. Richmond, Va: R. L. Polk, 1944.
R. L. Polk & Company "Street Directory." Florida Polk's Orlando City Directory: Including Conway, Maitland and Winter Park. Richmond, Va: R. L. Polk, 1945.
R. L. Polk & Company "Street Directory." Florida Polk's Orlando City Directory 1946-47: Including Winter Park and Orange County. Richmond, Va: R. L. Polk, 1947.

Transcript

CITY CAB CO.
DIAL
9878

CITY CAB CO.
TAXI

DRIVE[?]-IT
CARS FOR HIRE

KELLY
TIRES

[illegible]
OFFICE AMERICAN FIRE & CASUALTY COMPANY

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