When travellers needed double-plating

July 7, 2017

 

It wasn’t long after Man had his first automobiles that he wanted to explore outside his own territory with his new-found freedom of movement.    But governments being what governments are, they soon found ways of making some money at border crossings.   To circumvent the delays and costs of formally importing their car – even temporarily – to another country,  the idea of a carnet de passage was

(B 1899-1906)_228_ & (NL)_Z-203

1899-1906 Belgian plate 228 and Dutch plate Z-203 seen on a very early car which probably lived near the two countries’ border, so needed registering in both places, until the carnet system was devised.   228 close-up, under.

(B 1899-1906)_228_cu & (NL)_Z-203.vintage car.anon

 

established, which guaranteed payment of import duty to the visited country, if the vehicle entered their land, but didn’t leave it, possibly having been sold to a local buyer.    The owner had to deposit the due duty with a bank in his home country and the bank (or, later,  national motoring associations) issued the carnet document, which was a promissory note to the foreign Customs-Zoll-Douane, should the vehicle not be officially exited from their territory.   However if the car was documented by validating the carnet on exit, no taxes were payable and the beginning of popular motoring tourism was about to open.

Many countries did not participate in the early conferences which then took place to create a protocol for international border-crossing, and tourists from those non-members who still wished to go touring, had to re-register their vehicles in to the visited country at the port of entry .

Placamundi has published a detailed history of the history of this interesting period, which can usually be found on RPWO, with a set of their other learned ‘booklets’ on specific historical matters.     Right now (July 2017) website alterations prevent their display.

Placamundi International Identification Ovals

 

So many fine pictures have come to light in the great albums of Karel Stoel, and from other member sources.       The photos are between 50 and 80 years old, and were taken on pretty basic cameras, so we have to tolerate less quality than we expect today!

See how many plates (and cars!) you can recognise:

(MC 28-50)_MC-1818_US car.1947JP

(S 06-72).Stockholm city_A 34351+KB 292(USA)_vb1947JP

(CDN-BC 50)_24-680_vb1950JP

(USA-Ohio 48)_4048-C_car in Sweden.vb43311KS

(I)(timp 35-59)(51)_EE 20951_f_Chev. vb123KS

(USA)(NH 35-36)_54-087+308560(q)_US car.vbKS

308560 above is an oddity – Swedish make-up etc. – but, numerals only???

(USA)(Va46)_487.842_JP1947vb

(USA-Wis)_9 85432+R-8895(NL)_BuickEight,vbRK

 

(I)(timp 35-59)(50s)_EE 21885_f_(+USA)_UScar.vbi051KS

(I)(timp 35-59)(48)_EE 16638_f_(+48Arizona AA3)_Ford Sedan.vb p1KS.

(I)(timp 35-59)(48)_EE 16342_f_(+NH48)_vb1940sJP

(I)(timp 35-59)(39)_EE 3011_f_(+NH 39)_UScar.vbKS

(I)(timp 29-35)(30s)_EE 5230_r_(+NC33).vbp1KS.

(GB)(timp 54-56)(AA)_QF 5412_(Aus Vic)_Vespa mc.vbKS

(GB)(timp 54-56)(AA 56)_QF 1096_(+BC56)_Chev.vbKS

(GB)(timp 51-54)(AA)_QE 1116_(+Ont.)_UScar.vbKS

 

(GB)(timp 49-57)(RAC 53)_QD 7721_f2_1953 Monte Rally_Holden.TheAuto.VB

The Australian Holden above doesn’t really count, but as the team came over from the other side of the world, they get a free pass………

(GB)(timp 49-57)(RAC 49m)_QD 366_(+PanamaCZ49)_BuickEight.vbCZ40KS

Possibly a young spotter placed these Canal Zone tags on a suitable car for the photo….

 

(GB)(timp 47-51)(AA)_QB 4032_(+ 6104BZ)_Beetle.vbKS

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC)_QC 902_UScar.vbKS

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 48c)_QC 8825_(+Tangiers)_Standard 14.vbJP

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 48)_QC 9425_(+Mich.48)_UScar.vbKS

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 48)_QC 8277_(+Utah.48)_UScar.vbKS

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 48)_QC 7995_(+Ct.48)_UScar.vbKS

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 39)_QC 7119_(+Que.39)_vbJP

(GB)(timp 51-54)(AA 54)_QE 4872(+BC54)_vbKS

 

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 30s)_QC 1585_UScar.vbKS

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 30s)_QC 363_(+BRAZIL 2 73 08.BL

(F)(timp 33-55)(1951).Cherbourg_1530-TT 1H_(+Nebraska51)_UScar.jecKS

(F)(timp 33-55)(1951).Cherbourg_1440-TT 1H_& Calif-Plate_UScar.jecKS

(F)(timp 33-55)(1949).Paris_270 TT 9X+P1245(EL)_UScar.vb17KS

(F)(timp 33-55)(1949).Marseille_1477-TT 9S_f_+Connecticut vty._jecKS

(F)(timp 33-55)(1939).Marseille_995 TT 9S_(+Maryland 1939-40)_UScar.jecKS

(F)(timp 33-55)(1934).LeHavre_26 TT 4 F+P636(EL)_vb19KS

(D)(temp 07-50)(31-32).Bremerhaven_01515+Illinois1931_vbKS

(A 30-38).Vienna_A 2020_overland Steyr.vbKS

This Austrian Steyr car must win the prize for its 1930s expedition to the Far East!     China and Japan plates were carried, plus two series of Austrian, A 2020 & T 15001.   The car still exists in an Austrian museum!

 

 

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Mixed Europeans from JP

January 25, 2013

POST-WAR PHOTOS FROM JP

These early pictures are of varying quality and interest, but still need to be exhibited for the sake of the members.   They are now identified to save readers’ energy….

(SF)_OC.436_JPc1948vb

OC-436 from Finland area O – Oulu, travelling in Britain during the 1940s.    1939 US Ford V8 identified by Colin Spong.     Pemberton archive

(S)_D 6116_PBvb

D 6116 from Sweden, seen in central London circa 1947.             D=Södermanland (Nyköping).  Pemberton archive

Swedish bicycles had plates, too! 57147 here.

Swedish bicycles had plates, too!      57147 here, in London, if that’s a London taxi at left….

(SF)_H.4268_JP1940vb

RPWO gives: 1939 Finland plates were revalidated for 1940 by painting the border black. Later “1940” plates were issued for new registrations and these are thought to have been used until 1945. Some 1943 plates were black painted wood, some dated 40 and some were in use as late as 1948.                    This black 1940 plate H.4268 is coded for Hame.                   The car is thought to be an early Skoda                Pemberton Archive

(S)_M 8257_JPvb

This car may be a prewar German *Hanomag (convertible), seen by member Pemberton in Oxford during the 1940s. M 8257 is from the Swedish area of Malmo.   Pemberton archive.                                                          (*2015-Now identified as an Adler by reader Spong)

(S)_N 39_JP1940svb

N 39. – .  A low number from N=Halland (Hamstadt) by John Pemberton in 1940s Denmark.    An American Mercury.      Pemberton archive.

AH=Hessen,1945-56 (US zone of Germany)(Lorrach).       Messerschmidt bubblecar.          AH 23-45.          Pemberton 1945-56 in London

(D)(Bz)_BH25-3323_JP1949vb

B/H 25-3323 from Hamburg in the British Zone from 1948-56.    Note the massive ‘D‘oval.     Somewhere in England on an Opel, by J. Pemberton, 1949.

(SF)_A.5026_JP1940vb

A Finland pre-war Opel A-5026, coded A  for Helsinki (Helsingfors) using the 1940 issue of the 1930-49 series,  photographed by John Pemberton in Scandinavia.

 

(USVI47)_T-14_JP1947vb

A 1946-8 American Ford registered in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas (1947 T-14) visits Denmark about that time, and is allocated a Temporary Use (red letter K) Copenhagen plate K 110-067 (to permit it to legally circulate in Denmark).   (This was because US/USVI had not been a signatory to the Convention which authorised international travel on their licence-plates.)   Such temporary imports to Europe often showed their original foreign plates as well.                 Pemberton archive

(SF)_R-56_JPvb

R codes Reykjavik, Iceland. R 56 seen in England somewhere, 1950s, on an unidentified American car.  John Pemberton

(YU)_BH-4510_JPvb

BH-4510. A Vauxhall Velox (c.1951) in London in the early 1950s. BH (in Cyrillic) hails from Bosnia-Herzegovina, by then a component of Yugoslavia.  Pemberton archive

Denmark motorcycle identified by Roger Kimbell

H 85 17. Rare Denmark-built  motorcycle identified by Roger Kimbell in his comment below.   H coded Præstø from 1919-58.    Pemberton archive

The motorcycle  with the DK plate is a rare Nimbus 4cyl in line down the frame machine. The only Danish motorcycle manufacturer I believe. Roger Kimbell.

(L)_6681_JP1940svb

Luxembourg series showed LUX below on the rear plate and above on the front plate. 6681 here on the series which ran from 1895 to 1940(!), although, oddly,  this Buick(?) and photo are from the 1950s…. John Pemberton picture, taken in Denmark.

 

A-11829 A= Oslo, Norway

A-11829     A= Oslo, Norway   Fiat?   John Pemberton in GB

(N)_F6-47)_JP1940svb

F 647  —  F=Buskerud, Norway, taken in Denmark by member Pemberton, during 1940s.             Another unknown American car model.

(N)_Z-9643_JPvb

Z-9643 on a pre-war car from Norway, where Z coded Vestfold from 1929 to 1971.

R-7800 is a Dutch motorcycle in Oxford. R was a special allocation for temporary/foreigner registration from 1920 to 1951. Pemberton archive.

R-7800 is a Dutch Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Oxford.     R was a special allocation for temporary/foreigner registration from 1920 to 1951. Pemberton archive.

The rare Portuguese red-on-white diplomatic CD-10-46, seen on a grand American limousine, possibly a 1940s Buick Eight.

The rare Portuguese red-on-white diplomatic CD/10-46, seen on a grand limousine, – a 1940s Buick Eight.    Dates of the introduction of this series are unknown,  as are the embassy codes.    Pemberton archive

8860-B ucharest, borne an another unknown American tank - a convertible model, so someone very rich. (In 1940s Romania??)

8860-B ucharest, borne by another American behemoth –  a convertible Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan model – so someone very rich. (In 1940’s Romania??)                                                                                                            Car i/d by contributor ‘BlackVolga’.    Pemberton archive

(E)_VI.2623_JPvb

VI-2623… A Morris Oxford from Spain circa 1950 in London. VI=Álava (Vitoria )

(MC)_MC-1818_PBvb

Alex Kafka writes: This Monegasque photo MC-1818 is doubly interesting: if I’m not mistaken, “LDVG” to the left of MC-1818 is a Connecticut vanity plate,  metal validation tab included.
You may need to download and enlarge the photo to see the vertically aligned letters “CONN”. This style was used from 1937 to 1947, and 4-letter personalized plates were allowed from 1945 [RPWO paragraph (y)]. So this CT plate must be from 1945-47.
Connecticut was the first U.S. state to introduce personalized plates (called “initials plates”), already in 1937. Only two or three letters were permitted at first.
John Pemberton shot this double-plated Cadillac Fleetwood in London around 1947.