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    How do you call these white (yellow) and black squares drawn on taxi cabs?

    In Russian we call them "шашечки". (I think it's because they resemble a checkers (chess) board). Does anyone know, why had they become the international taxi symbol? And why?

    P.S. Oh, and why a customary color for taxi cabs is yellow almost universally?
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    Re: Taxi

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil


    How do you call these white (yellow) and black squares drawn on taxi cabs?

    In Russian we call them "шашечки". (I think it's because they resemble a checkers (chess) board). Does anyone know, why had they become the international taxi symbol? And why?

    P.S. Oh, and why a customary color for taxi cabs is yellow almost universally?
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    Re: Taxi

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    What do you call these white (yellow) and black squares drawn on taxi cabs?
    I think, I would call it a checkered stripe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    In Russian we call them "шашечки". (I think it's because they resemble a checkers (chess) board). Does anyone know, why have they become the international taxi symbol? And why?

    P.S. Oh, and why is yellow an almost universally customary color for taxi cabs ?
    And I think the answer to both these questions is because the yellow colour is used for taxis in America, and we all see them through Hollywood films and American TV - although there is probably a more detailed explaination

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    My guess would be that yellow stands out, and is unusual as a colour for private cars as few people want to drive a yellow car anyway.

    (You might argue that no-one wants to drive a yellow car precisely because it would look like a cab, but there are few yellow cars in Britian, where cabs are black).

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotcher
    My guess would be that yellow stands out, and is unusual as a colour for private cars as few people want to drive a yellow car anyway.
    Aren't you confusing the cause and the consequence. I think a few people would want to drive a yellow car (unless it was Lamborgini) just exactly because yellow is a common color for taxi cabs

    (You might argue that no-one wants to drive a yellow car precisely because it would look like a cab, but there are few yellow cars in Britian, where cabs are black).
    I know that you have black taxis in Britain, are they checkered also?

    I just want to know, where the tradition of checkered markings came from originally. I know also that police uniform hats bear checkered design sometimes. I wonder if these traditions are somehow related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil

    Aren't you confusing the cause and the consequence. I think a few people would want to drive a yellow car (unless it was Lamborgini) just exactly because yellow is a common color for taxi cabs
    Smartarse

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil

    I know that you have black taxis in Britain, are they checkered also?
    Nope, unadorned black (or, less often, dark red, dark grey etc). Nowadays they also tend to carry advertising space.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    I just want to know, where the tradition of checkered markings came from originally. I know also that police uniform hats bear checkered design sometimes. I wonder if these traditions are somehow related.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Cab ... lor_yellow
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_Taxi

    Seems the checker markings were originally a specific company's branding.

    On cabs that is. I doubt they made British police uniforms

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