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Old 26th November 2016, 04:26   #1021
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Kartikeyal,
I agree the architecture does not look typically Indian to me......mind you, I am not an Indian and have never been in Punjab. The roof on that other photo reminds me of old, old British railway station roofs!
I think I have to put my money on a very strange house design in Punjab.
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Somehow, the architecture does make it look like Burma (now Myanmar) to me.

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cross posting , this could be from Rangoon, then a part of British India as per the quoted post below.
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I am sorry but I don't actually think it is R for Rangoon.
When I blow it up I think it looks like P or F...... Cheers Cedric
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Somehow, the architecture does make it look like Burma (now Myanmar) to me.
Gentlemen, just asking, why not Pondicherry? I think that is the best fit. They had a registration series "P". Check out this photo, taken from this thread, post no 3.

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As we all know, Pondicherry was a French colony and all these cars are French. Maybe a coincidence, but maybe it is a possibility as well that the 1920's Citroen is in Pondicherry.

Now, off-topic, look at this photo below, Cedric's post 1018 of 21st November. Notice the arch.

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While looking for a "P" car and going through this thread, I came across Julian's post nos 4 & 7 of 3rd October 2008 and pasted the photos below.

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So many have referred to the Mayurbanj wedding.

Is Pondicherry now a possibility?

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Gentlemen, just asking, why not Pondicherry? I think that is the best fit. They had a registration series "P". Check out this photo, taken from this thread, post no 3.

Is Pondicherry now a possibility?

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Harit,
A good try and I had neglected to mention Pondicherry. The first plates were maybe from 1925 and had a number only. From 1930 they were IF and up to 4 numerals and only in 1939 did they get P for Pondicherry.

Actually, I had completely forgotten about the 1939 series 'other' letters in French India:
C Chandernagor K Karikal M Mahé P Pondichery Y Yanaon

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After BOM and BOM z, all registrations were redone in around 1932/33, and apparently they started with X, Y, and we had W, T, N etc. The last series was K. T & N came subsequently, they were not the first in re-registration.

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Cross posting here , a picture of 1932 Morris minor from Bombay , registration no " N 972 "

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This damaged car bears a HTA series of registration, HTA 498. Could this have been Hyderabad State?

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This damaged car bears a HTA series of registration, HTA 498. Could this have been Hyderabad State?
In the past we have seen HTH 64 on a Willys low bonnet, HTH 134 on a 30s Tourer, and HTH 1182 on a 50s Chevy. These were all Hyderabad/Paigah. So there's a good chance that HTA existed there as well, but cannot say for sure.
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Harit,
I have HTA as the 1939 series from Hyderabad province Aurangabad. There is a picture somewhere on TeamBHP of HTA 58 also.
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This photo came from a series taken at a Peermade estate (Travancore State). Date is ca 1921.

However, there is a possibility of some Ceylon photos mixed in there as well.

Flight of fancy suggests TINnevelli Dist in Madras Presidency!

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Actor and singer of yesteryears Mr Pankaj Mullick with his Hillman Minx . The number appears to be BL something. Must be Bengal. He was based in Kolkata with New Theatres during most of his career.

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Actor and singer of yesteryears Mr Pankaj Mullick with his Hillman Minx . The number appears to be BL something. Must be Bengal. He was based in Kolkata with New Theatres during most of his career.

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Lovely picture, though it is reversed. The number seems to be "47019" ?

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A larger FIAT. "Kila Camp" , Rampur Distt, ca 1930
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Lovely picture, though it is reversed. The number seems to be "47019" ?
Right you are, the car is a RHD and Mr Pankaj Mullick has opened the driver's side door and is with Ms Chandravati Devi.

But just can't figure out what such a five digit registration number stands for ?

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Right you are, the car is a RHD and Mr Pankaj Mullick has opened the driver's side door and is with Ms Chandravati Devi.

But just can't figure out what such a five digit registration number stands for ?
Bengal did have 5-digit registrations at least until the ca 1930's. The sequential number was approx. "25500" in 1929.

This seems to be a 1938-1944 Minx (WW II years from 1939-1945 with almost no civilian production)

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Travancore,
I have TIN as Tinnvelli pre 1939
47019 has to be a Calcutta registration and one of the last before the 1939 change. The highest I have recorded is 48281.
UP156FD is from United Provinces Fayzabad

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ca 1932.

A Dealer / Temporary / Transit plate ?
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