Hacking New York. Robert Hazard.
Hacking New York

Hacking New York

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. 1st Edition. Small octavo, publisher's textured red cloth, printed paper labels to spine and upper board, original illustrated dust jacket.

Lively firsthand account of "hacking," or taxicab driving, in New York during the 1920s. Hazard navigates his Packard through the city, touring Central Park and Greenwich Village, Hell's Kitchen and Broadway, telling tales of the many fares he encounters, including, in the words of a contemporary reviewer, "gunmen who have not quite enough nerve to come to grips with their enemies, racketeers who at one time controlled the taxi business, stingy old ladies and eccentric old men—an infinite variety of persons" (Scribner's Magazine, August 1930). The vivid Art Deco-style illustrated dust jacket is uncredited. Light stain to paper label on upper board, cloth to lower board slightly warped near fore edge. Unclipped dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, some soiling and light edgewear. Very good. A delightful piece of New York social history; scarce, especially in dust jacket. Item #399


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