1908 Referee 27 Dec. 13/3
The traffic of the future will be in the skies…. The Aerobus and the Aerocab will be as common then as the motor-’bus and the taxi-cab are now. On the roof of the ‘desirable residences’ there will be a shed in which the tenant can keep his aerocar, and from his roof he will start on his air trips.
Both were brought back to earth, or rather to their aerocab, by another aeroflyer, which hailed their driver, asking for assistance.
Ralph 124C 41+ in Modern Electrics Nov. 500/1
Teddy’s aerocab was kept extremely busy carrying them back and forth from factory to hangar, and to various concerns, where it was necessary to inspect portions of the apparatus before they were shipped.
Venus Liberated in Amazing Stories Quarterly July 308/2
‘When…when did you arrive?’….‘About five minutes ago. I took an aërocab to beat the news.’
Jurisdiction in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 34/1
Behind him, aerocabs came and went like insects, taking passengers across the swampglades to Loda City.
Homecoming in Fantastic Universe Aug. 126
An aerocab buzzed overhead. Taxis swerved and honked.
Security Syndrome in Worlds of If Dec. 67/2
He punched for an aerocab, flung on a cape, kissed the woman, rumpled the hair of their youngest child, and went out to the levitor…. Demand was heavy in this weather and he must wait several minutes in the bubble until a cab landed. He got in and gave the address. The pilot told him what the fare would be.
Statesmen in J. Baen New Destinies (#8) 255
He strode right across the lounge to the exit doors, beyond which taxis were drawing up, loading up with passengers and puling away. Escalators also led up to aerocar and aerocab platforms but…he chose ground taxi instead. Even with his status rated high, he wanted his profile to remain low, and those arriving at the Inspectorate Headquarters here by aerocar would become the subject of much scrutiny.
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of Hugo Gernsback's "Ralph 124C 41+"; Jesse Sheidlower verified a similar cite in an original 1911 appearance. The one we were able to find is from a later instance of the serial, however, and it is likely that there is an earlier example in one of the earlier issues of Modern Electrics; we would like to track this down if possible.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1908 cite from a British newspaper in a speculative (if not SFnal) context.
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