When was this picture taken?
May 18, 2017 1:12 AM   Subscribe

Can you help me date this picture by looking at the clothes?

Things I know:
1) The description of the picture is 100 % wrong
2) This is a picture of an outing of the Austrian Broadcasting company RAVAG, which existed between 1924 and 1958
3) I think it would be a mistake to date it by looking at the bus, because depending on when this was taken it's possible that they used very old vehicles, because a lot of vehicles were destroyed during the war(s).
posted by Omnomnom to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry for trying to date it by looking at the bus, but this might help to narrow the period down:

Looking at the number plate of the bus, it matches a format used between 1930 and 1939.
Even if they used old vehicles after the war, they probably would have used new plates, and they had no plates starting with A after the war.

From Wikipedia:
From 1930 until 1939, the plates comprised one letters followed by five digits. (e.g. B 12345) The thousands of digits encoded the districts.

See here for more examples from this period.
posted by Akke at 1:46 AM on May 18, 2017 [13 favorites]

The ├Âsterreichisches verkehrsb├╝ro was temporarily liquidated in 1938 with the Anschluss, so it's before then.

Better quality picture here
posted by Akke at 1:49 AM on May 18, 2017 [10 favorites]

Last update:
according to this, the plate was registered in 1937. The brand of the bus matches, so I'd say the picture was made between 1937 and 1938.
posted by Akke at 2:39 AM on May 18, 2017 [37 favorites]

Okay, one more:

location: here.
At the rear of the Vorau Monastery
posted by Akke at 7:41 AM on May 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

I bow to Akke!
posted by Omnomnom at 8:43 AM on May 18, 2017 [3 favorites]

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