January 19, 2013
More on John Pemberton’s possible China 1940s diplomat.
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)
Peoples’ Rep. China diplomatic corps from 1970s/80s. Brumby archive
Formosa/Taiwan dip.1972-4 (RG plate)
January 12, 2013
One of EU38 Pemberton’s rarest sightings is shown below – a US Dodge from Chinese region 03 (or perhaps embassy 03?) with only four numbers, not five as expected via the para. x) in RPWO. Thought to have been taken 1947-1952, certainly in London. The characters on the shield have been sent off for identification*. Any thoughts, members?
The photographer, John Pemberton, notes that he believes the plate to be from Inner Mongolia… RPWO gives 03 to have been for Nei Mongol (I.M.) from circa 1949-86. We suspect that this photo is from about 1946, but it could actually be pre-war………
American Dodge sedan from postwar China.
* A quick answer from Yun Li in Hong Kong today reads:
It depends on the context, the most common meaning can be
-a certain title for soldiers / officer, used only in the past
The numbers below the character may be related to the context too. It reminds of something like a signpost in the old china, 1850-1900, or even older
So perhaps it IS a diplomatic series yet undiscovered?
December 6, 2012
A fine collection of photos from former Nyasaland, Northern and Southern Rhodesia are to be found at this web-site link:
There are other African countries represented too, and gen on many interesting cars. Some examples are here:
L=Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia in 1956.
K 2440. K was the Lusaka code in the former Northern Rhodesia which became Zambia upon independence in 1964. Unknown car. Pemberton archive.
RA 790. A & RA = Belingwe & Shabani (now Mberengwa) in Southern Rhodesia-Zimbabwe. Africa’s car – the Peugeot 404.
G/T PW=Govt. Passenger car -Wee. S. Rhodesia 1960. Classiccarsinrhodesia archive
Southern Rhodesia registration 483, estimated 1905
There is not much known of the numeric-only Rhodesian plates which the first vehicles used. South Africa used identical plates at the time – note this Transvaal example below:
465 is a Transvaal issue, 1900-1910 approx.
And, from Western Australia:
1900s numeric-only Western Australia’s 4140
It seems that many (Empire) jurisdictions didn’t expect the expansion of motorcar populations, and thought a simple numeric format would suffice!
Evidence that Britain also influenced early China plates is shown here:
China 1928, reg. 808
Enjoy the Classic cars in Rhodesia website! http://www.classiccarsinrhodesia.co.za/Makes/SWA.html
July 10, 2012
China is not the most likely country to be spotted in Europe. So you can imagine my surprise when I came across this Beijing registered vehicle on a local ferry in Norway this Sunday. The solo driver said he had left Beijing at the end of May. They were a group of 8 (vehicles or people I don’t know) that separated in Moscow because he wanted to go to the North Cape. The good news for British spotters is that they are all going to London for the Olympics. So keep your eyes open!