Life after Stoel

December 13, 2017

Sorry, Bloggers, but the digitisation of the images from the Stoel and other albums has kept me away from posting new stuff on our Blog, though there’s plenty of historical material to interest us therein.    So – a start to the catchup…….

 

We start with an American Jeep photographed in Prague between 1945 and ’47, registered P-1323, which is painted on to the tailgate.

It also carries white-on-black plate AA 161, which is not presently identified, but the stencilled UNRRA below tells us that the Jeep belongs to the (first to set up) section of the all-new United Nations.   UNRRA  existed from 1945 to 1947 (see Wikipedia/United NationsRRA).   That international body undertook Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, to help move-on or to repatriate the myriad Displaced Persons who found themselves marooned out-of-country at the end of WW2.

This Jeep team would have been working in the Czechoslovakian/Austrian zone.   Note an apparent petrol shortage?


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POSNÁVACÍ ZNAČKY

Bloggers may not know of this excellent-quality book published by Czech enthusiasts  Zeleny and Feuereisl which gives chapter and verse on the CS systems from 1919 to today and covered the former lands of  Moravia, Bohemia, Silesia, Slovakia and Carpathian Ruthenia.     The quantity and quality of photographs is marvellous, and the data of codes and dates is most professional.      Good thing too – the history of plates there is a minefield!

The authors are friends of our own Czech Mate, Alexander Kavka, who may have copies for sale – that’s where I bought mine.

 

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SPĒKRATU VIZITKARTE

Another extraordinary labour of love is represented by this excellent-quality book on the plates of Latvia created by the people of the Automobile Museum of  Riga.     Again the quality of the photos is good – some very good – and though the data is much less detailed that in the Czech book, nothing important seems to have been left out.    The period covered is from 1900 to the present day.

Member Rein Valdi brought this volume to the attention  of the Blog for which, thank you, Rein.      He stopped in London during December 2017 and we enjoyed a few pints whilst nattering about plates.     As a fluent Russian (and perfect English) speaker,  he specialises in the Soviet bloc.

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Titulaire Temporaire

Found among the French albums of the Stoel collection, among the red TT plate series used by foreigners in France from 1933-54, is this image of an Austin A40 Somerset from pre-independence Algeria, 32 TT ZZ.      The only written reference to this series is in the all-encompassing French Club’s website, Francoplaque, and I don’t think any previous pictures have surfaced until now.     The giveaway Algeria code is ‘ZZ‘ and in this case, the ‘3’ probably dates it as a 1953 issue.     Temporary import no. 32!

It is all the stranger because it was never a common thing for the French motorist to buy a British car – nor really any make from outside France.     Le Land-Rover was an exception, as there were no domestic manufacturers of such cross-country vehicles.

But because the TT series was also used to register used cars arriving from abroad for extended visits to France and her territories, we may perhaps guess that this Austin belonged to a Briton working in Algeria in some NGO or aid capacity, and who brought his own car with him.

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This 1950s New Caledonia E 50 shot is of a new import to the French Pacific territory, carrying the trade plate of the importing dealer, who has just collected the Fiat Multipla from the vessel ‘Polynesie’.      The NC dealer code ‘E‘ had not been previously known before this pictorial evidence!    (Essai/Trial/Delivery/Dealer)

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Seen awaiting the Corsica Ferry from Nice in the 1970s is a Morris 1100 (another British make with a French address!) in transit to the island zone B (Bastia).    Its Corsica dealer plates show 104 W2B and represent the 1976-93 dealer layout.     

France used the letter ‘W‘ for Dealer plates from the very beginning, probably because it is a letter which doesn’t actually exist in the French language/alphabet, except for use in imported words, such as ‘wagon’, ‘weekend’ and ‘sandwich’.      All borrowed from perfidious Albion – which took  its entire dictionary from The Rest Of  The World – and probably 50% directly from French, and in turn, Latin……

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Below:   20 W 2 represents the 1952-76 Corsica Dealer layout, in which 20 then coded the whole island.    A new-looking Fiat 1100, circa 1957.


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The last French oddity is this 1950s government Delivery/Provisional.    Here ‘D‘ abbreviates ‘Domaine’ or government region.

This Peugeot 203,  5805 WWD is on delivery from the supplying dealer or government motor pool to the provincial operating office, where it will spend its working life, having been first permanently registered with a simple ‘D‘ suffix

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This fuzzy shot of Granada GR-3454 from the 1930s could well be the legendary Karel Stoel interviewing a Spanish voyager in the Netherlands..   Is that a US Ford?

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Who should breeze in to London during November 2017, but James “McGuinnessy” Gordon, Honourable Member for Mount Tom Price?     He had come by a rare Trieste motorcycle plate in Europe which he really wanted to show to someone, so I dashed up to the capital and the only place we could find to talk about it and xeno-autonumerology in general was a pub  – so that just had to do!

Thanks for the visit, Jim!

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For no special reason, except that it is a little-seen San Marinese variant, here is (RSM) Dealer 195 on a Mini-Cooper a few years ago.

nb   In 59 years of plate-spotting in GB, I have never seen ONE RSM vehicle !

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And finally, for this session, Uruguay.

 The next-to-never-seen Uruguay international oval (U) in Holland in the 1960s.                 7-47  on a VW Karmann-Ghia VW.   The letters ‘CD’ and ‘CC’  were not shown on Uruguayan plates until the 60s or 70s.    Simply ‘Montevideo’ either over or under the number, the second component of which was probably the embassy code, and the leading number, the serial.  So, Mission 47, car 7.

(Now apparently using (ROU) – but we’re not likely to see that oval either!)

(ROU)(cd 50s).Montevideo_9-64_comp_(bl.w)_M-B.France1958VB

This Benz was snapped in southern France circa 1960, when the (U) dip. plate colours were light blue on white, as per the national flag.

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BELOW:    1955 saw a new ROU president taking a ride in his new company car, below.  Probably in white on the light blue shades of the national flag.

(What is that car?)

19 Dec 2017 –  A Dodge Custom Royal Lancer, advises member Rein.

(ROU)(off 55).Montevideo(gv-pres.)_1_(bl.w)_UScar.vbU162.KS

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And who can offer an analysis of this unusual Uruguayan plate 4-03, seen in Europe, we can assume, from the architecture and the international ‘U’ sign, carried by a mid-1940s US Ford Sedan.     Possibly blue on white.

(ROU)(off 50c)_A-403(ambulance m)_(r.w)(U oval)_FordCustomSedan.vbU167KS

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THE EUROPLATE HISTORIC ARCHIVE   On-Line

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The RPW online-pictures site TEHA2 is full of these rare and unusual plate shots captured by the early collectors and photographers, and it is updated daily, as new material arises.   It can be a useful aid to identifying your unrecognised plates.

The Blog pictures are mostly selections from that repository of about 30,000 images which covers every country from the start of motoring to the mid-seventies  (save for continental USA and CDN, which would be a life’s work on their own).

All paid-up Europlate members should peruse TEHA2.    In future, it will be contained within the passworded Europlate website, we earnestly hope, but for now, if you would like it sooner  – just email me for the standalone link:

vicbrumby@gmail.com

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ps.    No news yet on the Europlate website, which is suffering from a (nervous?) breakdown at the hosting outfit in the US.      We understand that Mr, Trump is taking the matter up with them.

 18/12/17   NOW RESTORED – hallelujah!

 

Sayonara!

VB – Streatley, Dec 14 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former Spanish series re-introduced

November 26, 2013
CON. Spanish series from  "construcción" cars

CON. Spanish series from “construcción” vehicles

Carlos from Spain writes:

Sometime ago, I saw two licence plates with the E euroband on the left, which prefixed with CON, but I thought that they were from a private system.     But recently, on a public street of my city, I have seen three or four of them.    I had the good fortune to talk with one of the workers about this type of licence plate and he told me that this system consists of the three letters CON (which means “construcción“) followed by some numbers.   He told me too, that they were formerly used by public *companies on construction sites.    One of the photos, CON 1031 was seen inside one of these sites.    (*Formerly public/state companies, nowadays privatised(Ed?) companies).

CON 1031

CON 1031

This category of registration is sometimes described as ‘Plant/Machinery’ and is seen on cranes, road rollers, and other self-propelled machinery which can move between working locations using the public roads for short distances.

Interesting new find, Carlos!    And a warm welcome to the RPWO Blog!


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.