Bechuanaland original series?

On the link below, is found a photo which might illustrate a previously-unknown system used in the Bechuanaland Protectorate from the 1920s, possibly to 1935.    No previous reports/photos are known, but the single ‘B’ could well have coded the territory name for all the few registered vehicles.

Any ideas?

(BW 24-50s)(BPmaybe)_B 141_Gweta Botswana_RPW_resize

B 141 could be the previously-unknown plate type for the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana from 1966)     1920s Dodge car.

B 141 could be the previously-unknown plate type for the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana from 1966).. 1920s Dodge car.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hannes_steyn/2210292102/in/set-72157603611718163/

 

The above B series was replaced by the BPx type, possibly in 1935, when the country was allocated BP as its International Identification code.

A  Vauxhall Cresta BPD 162, seen in GB during 1969, carries the BP-prefixed white-on-black plates which ran from (possibly)1937-1967, when black-on-yellow    was introduced.   This Hillman Avenger was phot'd in London  in 1969.    Brumby archive

A Vauxhall Cresta BPD 162, seen in GB during 1969, carries the BP-prefixed white-on-black plates which ran from (possibly) 1935-1966, when the ‘P’ was dropped from the registration.   (e.g BPD became BD).      Brumby archive

This Hillman Avenger was phot'd in London in 1976, using the new yellow plates, otherwise unchanged.     Brumby archive

BD 2198  ..  This Hillman Avenger was photo’d in London in 1976, using the new (from about 1974) yellow plates, otherwise system unchanged.   D=Gaberones, the capital.     (The oval changed from BP to RB (Republic of Botswana) in 1967, then to BW in 2003.)      Brumby archive

RB -1935-67

RB -1967-2003

BW - 2003 >

BW – 2003 >

*************************NAMIBIA

Whilst in Southern Africa, some January 2015 photos of the first-noted Namibian vanity plate, were taken at Eland’s Bay, Western Cape.

EXOTIC 1 NA, the first-noted Namibian vanity plate.

EXOTIC 1 NA, the first-noted Namibian vanity plate.    Brumby archive

EXOTICA 1 NA from Namibia 2015

EXOTICA 1 NA from Namibia 2015       Brumby archive

Namibian flag on plate

Namibian flag on vanity plate

Thought to be used between 1915 - 1990, when Namibia became independent of South Africa.

Used from 1990, when Namibia became independent of South Africa.

The South-West Africa international oval which applied until independence from South Africa in 1990 .  NAM thereafter.

The South-West Africa international oval which applied until independence from South Africa in 1990.    NAM thereafter.         Brumby archive

A period pic from Janko's Plateworld, given as 1950, with K from Keetmkanshoop - car 7!

A period pic from Janko’s Plateworld, given as 1950, with K from Keetmkanshoop – car 7!

 

*************************SWAZILAND SNIPPETS

 

Another historic picture from the Southern African zone, is SD 6018 from the 1922-79 Swaziland series.   This Mk1 Ford Cortina was photographed in  Britain in the 1960s. These plates were made for SD in ZA.

Another historic picture from the Southern African zone, is SD 6018 from the 1922-79 Swaziland series. This Mk1 Ford Cortina was photographed in Britain in the 1960s.
These plates were made for SD in ZA.      Brumby archive

Seen in Cape Town in June 2015, a new series of Swaziland Government plates, emulating the South African red digits for state vehicles.  Swazi plates have always been made for them bu South Africa.   SG is Swazi govt. and PO is for the Police.

Seen in Cape Town in June 2015, a new series of Swaziland Government plates, emulating the South African red digits for state vehicles. Swazi plates have always been made for them by South African manufacturers.    GSD is Swazi Govt. and PO is for the Police.    Taken by Lester Day

Another Swazi Government issue, coded PR for the Prisons Dept.     Lester Day photo 2015.

Another Swazi Government issue, coded PR for the Prisons Dept. Lester Day photo 2015.

A normal current Swazi plate type commencing 2010, in which Q 795 B is the registration, SD the country i/d and M codes Manzini district.            Brumby archive 2015

A normal current Swazi plate type from the series commencing 2010, in which Q 795 B is the registration, SD the country i/d and M codes Manzini district.           Expiry 2017 indicates that car tax covers more than a year,,,,       Brumby archive 2015

The eccentric Swazi King Mswati runs a fleet of grand cars  just as you would if you were left in charge of the nations' wallet.   Here is one of his vanity plates on his R-R Silver Spur.    anon

The eccentric Swazi King Mswati runs a fleet of grand cars just as you would if you were left in charge of the nations’ wallet.     Here is one of his vanity plates on his R-R Silver Spur.    The central Lion sometimes faces left, sometimes right, possibly according to the political set of his ever-changing aid donors.          anon

Windscreen-mounted tax discs are used in Swaziland by those who can afford them.     Brumby archive

Windscreen-mounted tax discs are used in Swaziland by those who can afford them.    The expression ‘Clearance Certificate’ is unusual.           HSD 305 AM                Brumby archive

 

 

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