December 6, 1897: London becomes first city to license taxicabs. Public conveyances existed far earlier than that, however, and even laws to control them. The Hackney Carriage Act of 1635, for instance, stipulated that there must be enough room for a passenger to sit comfortably wearing a bowler hat -- a law that still remains on the books. The pictured is of a 19th century London cab.
Helsinki Fireplace The Helsinki fireplace is an unintruding piece, it has venetian marble featuring a black Castletown cast iron facing. With quite a contemporary surround it will add style to your home, this fireplace is crafted in wite marble and is displayed with a black granite insert and hearth.