Rusting in peace - or maybe pieces
By Judy Evans
April 26, 2018 10:06pm CST
Heather Echola (@GardenGerty) just said in a comment that something was ‘old and corroded like me’. It reminded me the sign I saw at a machinery museum which we visited recently. It was full of very interesting and ancient items but very prominent was the sign asking visitors not to touch. There was an extensive display of car number plates. Years ago, car plates were an indicator of where the owner resided so NGN stood for Narrogin, out old home town. You can still get these plates today if you want them. The bus displays DB plates which stand for Donnybrook. Here is the link to @GardenGerty's post:
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We had the same car plates system in Italy years ago, from the plate you knew where people resided. We were very unhappy when they changed. Here people keep their plates, the plate Number 1 is still in use. You can sell your plate at an annual auction, the number 1 was sold for 250,000$.
@topffer Yes, you can use the same plate that follows all our cars, you must give back the plate if you do not have a car anymore. You must register with the motorization office if you want to sell your plate. Only the plates with 3 numbers or less can be sold. I would never want to drive a car with a too easy plate number.
@LadyDuck It is somewhere stupid to pay for something that will put you in troubles soon or later. I was convoked once in a gendarmerie. I do not know what it was about, except that the same car/same color than mine was involved. They were checking all the cars with this color in the département. To do that it was probably something serious. Fortunately my car had not a car door damaged and was not exactly the model they were looking for or I would have been good for several hours of custody.
They refrained to add "full of dangerous bacterias and viruses" on this sign. Whatever you tell there will be always people who will put their hands on them. Many museums have added glasses on paintings to be safe. It is a bit of a pity for visitors not craving to put their fingers on pieces of art. We had a similar system for plates, they were displaying the departement number where the owner was living. Since 2009 the plates have changed and the system is the same in all the EU although the plates are managed by each state. A logo from a specific area can be added, but it is optional and you can choose to add whatever logo your want.
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It is funny how we collect old things. People collect car tags here as well. Our plates have the county in the upper left corner, and a year decal goes on the upper right. Our numbering system here in Kansas is called 123-ABC having three digits followed by three letters. Or you can order a tag for extra that has a message, as long as it is not obscene and no one else is using it. You can also get customized tags for veterans and purple hearts, etc.