[Ads-l] antedating medallion (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon May 18 16:58:54 UTC 2015

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OED has 1960 for the taxicab sense of "medallion": "U.S. A licence to operate a taxi in a city or particular locality, usually issued in the form of a small metal plaque fastened to the hood or bonnet. In extended use (in New York City): a driver holding such a licence."

23 Aug 1932 _Brooklyn Daily Eagle_ p 14 col 4
"No applicant for a license for a taxicab has been able to obtain a medallion since last December."

31 Mar 1937 _Brooklyn Daily Eagle_ p 9 col 4
"In addition, Charles E. Gunn, president of the L. C. M. Transportation Co., petitioned the court for a writ of mandamus, directing the police department to re-issue 49 taxicab medallions which he surrendered last December, when he temporarily suspended that many cabs from operation."

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