Had to resize this photo to 181kb to fit here. I will post it on the MTFCI forum on the Model T Era Original period Photos thread at it's original 453kb size so you can see the increase in resolution that the MTFCI offers for photos that can be enlarged without getting grainy.
Jay, was this port in Oroville on the Feather River?
A possibility of it being an Australian Photo. Looks very much like it. Some of our Aussie fellows who know number plates may know where it was taken.
By the way HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.
Best regards, John Page , Australia.
I just went with the title already given to the photo.
That's a really cool pic. The truck on the right looks like it has done a lot of hard work.
Right hand drive on what I see. Scott
Well it looks like the photo is from Australia and I miss read (ca. 1920's) in the title as California 1920's. Chalk up another senior moment for me to close out the year with. HAPPY NEW YEARS everyone!
There is a Nelson in New Zealand
Not likely to be Nelson in Australia. It is on the Glenelg River in South West Victoria and is a sleepy little fishing/tourist destination.
Nelson in New zealand is more likely. At the higher resolution the signwriting on the older truck may be readable.
Allan from down under.
Feather River below Oroville has a sandbar the prevented riverboats from going to Oroville except in high water--only three boats are known to have made Oroville, and one of those arrived in a flood, tried to come back another trip and couldn't make it. Railroad arrived in 1864, so no need to dredge the river & that was the end of steamboating in Oroville.
New Zealand did use a number plate system of three digits, a separator and three digits. Plates were changed every three years for new ones, the new plates had a different shaped separator and were a different colour combination. The separator was a dot, or a star etc.
The four wheel railway wagon suggests Aus or N.Z. rather than USA too, and the coupler is definitely a type used in N.Z. As well as that, I am sure that the railway gauge is 3' 6" as were all N.Z. railways.
I believe that Nelson, N.Z. is the location.
Yup, my bad. NZ it is. I found a Nelsons landing near Oroville but it must have been for fishing or maybe a ferry landing.
When traveling in backwater countries, I always enjoy going down to the docks to soak up the
atmosphere of 100's of men manually unloading cargo ships and loading up their trucks like this.
Lots of hollering and movement. You can bet they have no trouble falling asleep at the end of the
day !!! It is a real old world experience.
Growing up I read a number of books that dealt with ships like that and adventures on the high seas in about the same time period. Think I might have a couple on my book shelf.