Bechuanaland original series?

July 9, 2015

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?

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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 >

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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!

 

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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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Terry Gray’s old slides found!

June 12, 2013

UPDATE 21-12-14

Terry Gray has located the pictures he took on colour transparency film from the 1960s/70s!     They were thought to have been lost in a house move, 30 years ago….

Your Blogmeister rushed them to                          www.corriejeffrey.com

in Southampton, who speedily transmogrified them into digital pictures which now we can all see – providing we have access to a computer….       This is another wonderful event for Europlate and platesmen worldwide, as a few more rare images of extinct series appear unexpectedly before us, on the Europlate Blog!

What with the recently-released photo gallery of John Pemberton, and now his notated spottings from 1954 (more to come) and the slow release(!) of Bernt Larsson’s early shots, the Gray archive becomes our latest link with the past days of xeno-autonumerology.      Many thanks to T.G. – early member (number 9)  for clearing the attic!

A taste of the period Terry covered, without editor’s notes:    (Later – a request has been received for picture notes to be added, so keep visiting the Page and you should see it happen progressively, starting now.)

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David Powell explains:
I am fairly sure that the USSR plates with an ABT suffix were manufacturers’ plates for an organization called Autoexport who managed the export of Moskvich cars and vans.

Cedric Sabine adds:  The 1959 Soviet ABT series was for any vehicle travelling out of country and was issued by Moscow city. So, the export Moskvich cars would indeed have got them but other vehicles did too.

VB:  That would explain why Terry Gray pictured the Moskvich team in London, preparing for the start of the London-Mexico Rally in 1970.

 

 

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FT was the first prefix used in Tunisia after independence from France,in 1956, at which it had to establish a series for foreign residents, including diplomats in the new embassies in Tunis.    In this case, a member of the UN (ONU) had been accorded diplomatic status, to receive this plate.     FT abbreviated ‘Franchise Temporaire’ (Temporary Licence); such vehicles were allowed to enter Tunisia free of local duties, because they were to be re-exported at the end of the owners’ tours of duty. FT is thought to have run from 1956 to sometime in the 1970s.     Blogman knows only of FT 3 and FT 1142 which have been photographed in service.    Anyone else got a picture??  Terry Gray archive

June 25th.2013  Member Cedric Sabine writes that he has more pictures of this rare Tunisian FT plate series; we have asked if we might have his pictures to further illustrate this item……

21-2014       THANKS, CEDRIC!   What a batch!!

(TN 56-65)(for.res-cc)_FT 743_r_  longMV4-KM book 1963 (TN 56-65)(for.res-cd-GB)_FT 3_cu_VB (ex GB ambassador 1956) (TN 56-65)(for.res-cd)_FT 149_cur_ long pressedYL1 (TN 56-65)(for.res-cd)_FT 728-CS (TN 56-65)(for.res-cd)_FT 1940  CS1968) (TN 56-65)(for.res)_149_cuf_YL2 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (TN 56-65)(for.res)_FT 718  longMV1 (red-white maybe) (photo 1968) (TN 56-65)(for.res)_FT 1938 HSexJF

 

 

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This Triumph Toledo(?) has been to Saint Helena and back(!), and was photographed in Northamptonshire on its Helenan 669 plates.    St. Helena has also been seen with an SH prefix.         The owners were British government officers involved in the administration of the Territory, and their cars were returned at the conclusion of their duty there..

 

 

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SYR 2480.    Between the 1950s and the 1970s, red plates in Syria were issued to public service vehicles including buses, which is what TG photographed in London in the early 1970s. Serials 2001-12000 were issued to Damascus. Long trip!

 

 

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16564. One of very few 1960-1970s Somalian plates seen was photographed – also in Northamptonshire -on a Mk 3 Ford Cortina, circa 1974. These were oddly well-made plates for such a backward territory; perhaps they were made for them by an international aid process – possibly Italian, as the former colonial power?      In recent decades, the few Somalian vehicles seen in news broadcasts have generally run without bearing plates, as no registration system exists.     Breakaway Puntland (1998), Galmudug (2006) and Somaliland (1996) have established their own systems (see RPWO).

 

 

Somalia mini front plate, a la Italiano.

Somalia mini front plate, a la Italiano.

 

 

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SD 8016 is from the original Swaziland series running from the 1920s to 1979. This Mk. 1 Ford Cortina was seen near Brackley, England, during the 1960s.

 

 

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From 1937 to ?, these white on red Swedish plates were issued to vehicles temporarily imported.          Terry Gray saw this Fiat in Europe in the 1970s, carrying a normal Swedish plate of the period underneath.

 

 

The unusual sighting of this old Swedish tourist import plate was at a Morris Minor rally in Oxfordshire in June 2013!      (Brumby archive)

The unusual sighting of this old Swedish tourist import plate was at a Morris Minor rally in Oxfordshire in June 2013!                  (Brumby archive)

 

 

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San Marino issued special plates to the city police in different sizes for cars and motorbikes.     A poor shot, unfortunately, but it must be kept for posterity, as so few were issued and ever fewer were photographed….. (Gray archive)

 

 

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From 1958, while still the Belgian Congo, this Belgium-manufactured (Howoco?) series was introduced.     It continued from 1960 independence under the re-named ‘Rep. of Congo (Leopoldville)’ (oval RCL).      If this were a  Congo Belge (CB)-issue, the T would mean it came from Kasai province, but after 1960, the regional codes became simple serial letters.     Later two letters with three numbers LL-NNN superseded these L-NNNN plates. The provenance of this picture is presently unknown. (Gray archive)

 

 

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From the 1960s to 1995, Argentina’s first countrywide series was issued, with a letter for the State and a up to 6 numerals.      B 131859 is from Buenos Aires (county).      Somewhat dull, in white on black, but a rare sight outside Argentina.      This Peugeot 404 in an odd colour is probably a car manufactured under licence in (RA), where a different colour range was available.                        (Gray archive 1970 London)

Yves Laussecq Comments below:

Regarding the 404 PEUGEOT picture, I’m quite sure it was the vehicle of Gaston Perkins during the 1970 LONDON-MEXICO rally

 

 

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Member pseudonym’d  ‘BlackVolga’  identifies the smart oval plate in red and black on white, CD 442 as for Roumania Diplomatic Corps from 1968 to  1992.      On a BMW 2000 ‘Touring’, a fine-looking car in its day.                (Gray archive)

These and hundreds of others were taken in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s and captured by Terry as slide transparencies, which are difficult to view except by old projectors, but  give a very clear and well-coloured image, when converted to computer  files (.jpg).

Any readers who have slides, might consider their conversion thus; the lady Corrie who did these being highly recommended AND economical!

More to follow in later Posts.    Updated 15062013


Swazi latest series – plus

January 25, 2013

My native guide tapped me on the shoulder with his panga.  “Look, Massah, and approach slowly.”

A single young plate had broken away from the Manzini herd and was grazing in the beach car park outside Plettenberg Bay, ZA, only yesterday, March 24th.

Steadily, I raised my Lumix to my good eye and took a good long focus on the strange sight – the first of the species I had seen.     Click – click – click   –  and the item was permanently recorded in my digital archive, ready to exhibit to you chaps once it had been skinned and stuffed.

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series.  M= Manzini.  H305A is the serial

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series. M= Manzini. H305A is the serial

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HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series.  M= Manzini.  H305A is the serial

HSD 305 AM Swaziland 2010 series. M= Manzini. H305A is the serial

rear plate.

rear plate.

Clearly the plate-makers in ZA were involved in the design of the first Swazi plate change for many years!   These are an exact replica of the current ZA provincial plates.

Let us not leave Southern Africa without stepping back over 60 years to the photos taken in England at that time by hero Pemberton.     They are left again, for your own identification:(ZA1)(Ntl1)_NU 212_JP1940svb

Note the massive dimensions of the international ovals, which were reduced by a later convention, detailed by a most interesting forthcoming research document from Placamundi.
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Thank goodness for the preservative power of film!

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