Cam­era ob­scura

Waikato Times - - History - ● ➤ Contributed by Perry Rice, Her­itage Li­brar­ian – Pho­to­graphs, Hamil­ton Cen­tral Li­brary. If you have any in­for­ma­tion you would like to pass on or would like to buy an elec­tronic copy of the photo, please e-mail perry.rice@hcc.govt.nz quot­ing: HCL_14151

There are all sorts of fas­ci­nat­ing (for some folk) de­tails to be had in this image. The sub­ject car is a 1949 Ford V8. The car be­hind (r/h head­lamp and a bit of grille) is a 1947/48 Ford V8 Su­per De Luxe. On the day, Fords win the num­bers with six cer­tain out of eleven ve­hi­cles.

We think the ‘T’ pre­fix on the num­ber plate in­di­cated a taxi. And, of some in­ter­est per­haps, this was a Mooloo pa­rade. The ex­act oc­ca­sion is not recorded but we think it may have been just after the Waikato team won the Ranfurly Shield in Au­gust 1951. Per­haps it was 1952 when Waikato lost it to Auck­land on Au­gust 9 and promptly won it back again a fort­night later on the 23rd. We have to as­sume the re­ally big crowds were fur­ther along Vic­to­ria St.

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