Victorian London - Publications - Humour - Punch - Smallpox in cabs used as ambulances

PREVENTION BETTER THAN CURE

Old Lady. "BUT, GOING IN FOUR WHEEL CABS! I'M SO AFRAID OF SMALL-POX!"
Cabby. "YOU'VE NO CALL TO BE AFRAID O' MY CAB, MUM, FOR I'VE AD THE HIND WHEEL WACCINATED, AND IT TOOK BEAUTIFUL!"

Punch, May 30, 1863

FOUR-WHEELER VERSUS HANSOM

Gentleman. "NOW, THEN, CRAWLER, I DIDN'T HAIL YOU! I HAILED THE HANSOM. SO TAKE THAT 'FEVER-BOX' OF YOURS OUT OF THE WAY!"
Four-Wheeler. "FEVER-BOX, INDEED! AH! THAT'S JUST YOUR MISTAKE! I TAKES THE PATIENTS TO THE 'ORSPITAL  WHEN THE DISEASE IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING, AND THERE AIN'T YET NOT INFECTION. HE TAKES 'EM OUT FOR A HAIRING JUST WHEN THEY BEGINS TO GET CONWALESCENT."

Punch, August 20, 1870