Photographer's Note

In the 1970's the taxi fleet in Istanbul was like a museum of big American cars from the 1950's. In the provinces, especially in eastern Anatolia, a "taxi" was usually a cart pulled by a horse or two. The Turkish "Wild East" was full of stage-coaches that made me think of the American "Wild West".

When I returned to Turkey in the late 90's after a very long absence I was a bit disappointed to find that the old Chevrolets, Chryslers etc had been exchanged for a modern fleet of Toyotas and Mazdas.

This photo from late May 1973 is from the city of Erzurum in the Turkish far east. If you don't feel like going with this blue taxi, you can have a look at the red taxi in the workshop.

Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides. Here is a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12430 W: 572 N: 23864] (102066)
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