MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS OF INTEREST
(NL) KM-73-20 — Dutch Sint Maarten has a few Royal Netherlands Navy vehicles in service. This pick-up/ute/bakke was seen by Philipsburg dock in 2016. We assume the military plates which go abroad are not specially coded. (Koninklijke Marine) Brumby archive.
(F) 224 WAL 24 — Also at the dockside there but destined for FRENCH St. Martin was a heavy truck using French temporary exit plates from the 1990s(?)
(F) 224 WAL 24
(PAK) PALITANA 1 — Prince Shiv of Palitana was a lively socialite in the London scene in 1955. His new, scarlet Ford Thunderbird was photographed by the Daily Mail newspaper and three nascent plate-spotters jumped on a train from the English midlands, to search for the subject of this photo. And we found it, in Berkeley Square!
Neither Terry Gray, Ivan Thornley nor the Blog had a camera in those times and in the intervening 63 years, notebooks lost, we have wondered if we had dreamed it all, as we had no evidence – until a modern web search found the very shot.
Silver-on-red plates, as was the way with the Indian (and later, Pakistani) royal households’ plate style.
(GH) GR 1000 E — Guy Lewis, stringer for the Blog ,spent a year in Nigeria in 2017 masquerading as an international banking plenipotentiary, and captured this Jaguar E-Type which had made its way over from Ghana – a rare sight in either country, one would think.
There was never anywhere to mount a front plate on an E-Type, so some enlightened countries permitted an adhesive Fablon format, which didn’t disfigure the aesthetics of that beautiful car. Ghana seems to have become such a kindly place.
GR 1000 E
G 1000 E
(USA) T-687 == Jim Fox Eu 0095 is extending his deep historical researches in to US state and federal government-issued plates (Fox archive)
Jim – would you care to fill us in with the background of this very unusual issue? (Responses below.)
THE WORLD’S FIRST MEGA-COLLECTION
This looks suspiciously like Karel Stoel’s 1940s bedroom and perhaps his mother wondering how best to tidy it up!
Later the whole collection went on public display at a small transport museum in Holland. In the 1960s, the museum had to close BUT the plates were, we believe, saved in the nick of time. Who has the story?
STOEL == Many of these classic, obsolete plates have found their way in to modern collections, fortunately. If YOU have one or more, why not send in the current picture, for us all to share your pleasure? (What’s the R/I X 5154???)
BN 1627 == When this picture first came to light in the Stoel albums which were acquired from careful long-term storage by Europlate in 2016, we defined it as a Libyan Benghazi plate of a previously unrecorded format. Later, we came to recognise it as an Anglo-Egyptian Sudan issue from the Blue Nile registration office. Wonders will never cease!
Fortunately, THESE wonders didn’t come singly. Another four evocative shots from Sudan, pre-independence.
(ET) BN 1089 — The first, on a Morris Minor (sidevalve) convertible, suspected 1949, is shot in London.
(ET) K 4206) — The Vauxhall 10, in Khartoum, presumably.
(ET) E 1100 — and the Morris-Commercial LD5 minibus is registered in Equatoria Province.
(ET) K.35 — Hard to believe, but this enamelled 1920s Khartoum Dealer plate survives in a collection somewhere………
( ) 4 Khartoum 22477 — And, though this is predominantly a Historic plate site, as the Blog got a shot of a current-issue Sudani in Ethiopia in 2017, we might as well display it. It’s a poor shot, because I was being arrested during the filming, – apparently tourists cannot take pictures in Addis Ababa…..
END OF THIS ISSUE OF MISCELLANEA, July 2018