Mozambique now and then

February 1, 2013

VB thought he would share some of John Pemberton’s limelight with this former Portuguese East Africa posting, first by showing the first new-series Mozambiquian plate I saw this morning, at the Tsetsekama Gorge viewing-point, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.     Luckily the car was stationary, enabling enough camera time to gather the details.    The three letters and three-numbers are serial, and the final two letters are the regional code – in this case MC for Maputo (City).    The lady driver thought the new series had been running for 4-5 years, though 2-3 may be more accurate.      The plates are clearly manufactured in South Africa and they closely resemble current ZA practice – just as the new Swaziland plates do, too.

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Cappark Find - New MOC srs.

Car-park Find – new-ish  MOC srs. from Maputo City.

The shield detail from the new MOC plates.

The shield detail from the new MOC plates.

tax documents and all windows etched to foil thieves.

All the windows etched to deter thieves.

Below:

Tax documents for 2013 MOC.

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But this is in 2013………………

65 years ago, if we had  trudged round London  with JP, we would have found a Lourenco Marques registration on a big American (Dodge?) car, LM 7667.     This was from the original Portuguese East Africa plate type which commenced in 1930 and was issued until 1957, when the LLL-NN-NN series began – example below.

LM 7667 visiting London after the war, using the official 'P' which Portugal used for all its overseas territories.

LM 7667 visiting London after the war, using the official ‘P’ which Portugal used for all its overseas territories.   Although Mozambique was issued MOC  no sighting has ever been reported.    JP archive.

The only other photo of the LM code on a vehicle is this, and the origin is unknown….

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Colour slide taken in Lourenco Marques/Maputo by an unknown spotter, perhaps in the 1960’s.   VB archive.

This Beira-registered Ford Model A (c. 1932) stands in Johannesburg's Museum of Transport and gives us our only photo of Beira plates on the car.

This Beira-registered Ford Model A (c. 1932) stands in Johannesburg’s Museum of Transport and gives us our only photo of Beira plates on the car.

This BMW 3.0 SCi was captured on Madeira in 1978.  MBE 11-93 was coded B for Beira, the second city and a popular holiday place before independence in 1975.

This classic BMW 2000 CSi was captured on Madeira in 1978.     MBE 11-93 was coded B for Beira, the second city and a popular holiday place before Mozambique’s independence in 1975 and subsequent fall into chaos..                VB archive.

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CD symbol on Chinese and Taiwanese plates

January 19, 2013

More on John Pemberton’s possible China 1940s  diplomat.

03-0524 PRC CD

03-0524 PRC CD

MR(?) 172 remains unexplained for now……

 

Further to the March 2013 Post  ‘Fancy a Chinese?‘  and the subsequent identification of the Chinese character on the shield, Alex Kavka sends the Blog the Chinese ideogram for ‘ambassador’, on his Taiwan diplomatic photo 359.    It is the same as that of the current PRC diplomatic corps (not necessarily ambassador)  ideogram 01-718 and another 1972-4 Taiwanese dip. 1 50 also shows the same character.       (from ‘RG’.)

Shown below are the examples from both countries, for comparison…   (Top, RC (current),  centre, PRC,  bottom, RC historic)

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Peoples' Rep. China diplomatic corps from

Peoples’ Rep. China diplomatic corps from 1970s/80s.     Brumby archive

Taiwan dip.1972-4 (RG plate)

Formosa/Taiwan dip.1972-4 (RG plate)