Swazi latest series – plus

My native guide tapped me on the shoulder with his panga.  “Look, Massah, and approach slowly.”

A single young plate had broken away from the Manzini herd and was grazing in the beach car park outside Plettenberg Bay, ZA, only yesterday, March 24th.

Steadily, I raised my Lumix to my good eye and took a good long focus on the strange sight – the first of the species I had seen.     Click – click – click   –  and the item was permanently recorded in my digital archive, ready to exhibit to you chaps once it had been skinned and stuffed.

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series.  M= Manzini.  H305A is the serial

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series. M= Manzini. H305A is the serial

(SD3)_HSD 305 AM_VB2013

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series.  M= Manzini.  H305A is the serial

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series. M= Manzini. H305A is the serial

rear plate.

rear plate.

Clearly the plate-makers in ZA were involved in the design of the first Swazi plate change for many years!   These are an exact replica of the current ZA provincial plates.

Let us not leave Southern Africa without stepping back over 60 years to the photos taken in England at that time by hero Pemberton.     They are left again, for your own identification:(ZA1)(Ntl1)_NU 212_JP1940svb

Note the massive dimensions of the international ovals, which were reduced by a later convention, detailed by a most interesting forthcoming research document from Placamundi.
(Z1)(NR)_K 2440_JPvb(Z)(SR)_G 4210_JB1950svb

Thank goodness for the preservative power of film!

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