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Number plates : A History of Vehicle Registration in Britain

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This title contains Ancient history: the prologue; The golden age of motoring; The post-war years: changing times, change, and change again: the arrival of computers; Modern times: a fresh start; Collectors' gold; Islands and Ireland; Curiosities and eccentricities, auctions and anomalies; and further reading.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 144 x 204 x 6mm | 81.65g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0747805660
  • 9780747805663
  • 1,150,713

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Of particular use to car spotters and photo identifiers. Explains history and methodology of the numbering system, regulatory issues regarding size/placement; also rare, trade, temporary plates. B/w photos, Bibliography. "The Flying Lady (March/April 2009)"" "Of particular use to car spotters and photo identifiers. Explains history and methodology of the numbering system, regulatory issues regarding size/placement; also rare, trade, temporary plates. B/w photos, Bibliography." --The Flying Lady (March/April 2009) "Of particular use to car spotters and photo identifiers. Explains history and methodology of the numbering system, regulatory issues regarding size/placement; also rare, trade, temporary plates. B/w photos, Bibliography." -The Flying Lady (March/April 2009)show more

About Dave Moss

Dave Moss has always had strong connections with the world of motoring, as a child he was a keen car-spotter, filling endless notebooks with registration numbers, and even today he is able to quote the original home areas of most old-style registration marks. He has been writing and broadcasting about cars and motoring matters since the 1970s.show more

Table of contents

Registration marks are one of the very few unbroken links between the earliest days of the motor vehicle and the present day. In this book, the lengthy history of the humber british number plate is revealed. The system introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century had a straightforward purpose in identifying the place of origin of motor vehicles, providing links to owners. As more and more vehicles came into use, the original system evolved through piecemeal development and sheer necessity to the point where adaptations changed it almost beyond recognition. This book looks back on the evolution of the British number plate, showing how the original, painstakingly developed system was gradually adjusted and moditifed in the light of escalating traffic growth, becoming riddled with ever more anomalies, until there was no alternative but to make a fresh start, with a brand-new system.show more

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