Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Theme : Volkswagen Beetle - 21

It's been a while since my last post on Volkswagen Beetle items.
And although this stamp/sheet does not have the Volkswagen as main theme, it is clearly prensent at the sheet.

This Uganda sheet, issued in 2012, is dedicated to special means of transport.
Uganda has issued tons of stamps, sheets, and not all of them are official.
No wonder there's something strange about the sheet.

This sheet is titeled 'special transport'.  "Emergency transport" might have been a better choice for the vehicles depicted.
My eyes - of course - are more interested in the Volkswagen Beetle.
Strange is the fact that the word 'POLIS' is witten on the car.
As to my knowledge, Uganda has English and Swahili as their official languages.
Which means, you would expect 'Police' or 'Polisi' to be written on the car.
Maybe it should have been the Swahili word, but with the last I omitted ...

A bit of research however, shows that the depicted car does exist, but it has little to do with Ugangda.
"Polis" is seen on Turkish police cars and on Swedish. (also on Curaçao).
Swedish Police car on Uganda sheet
As I haven't found any Turkish Volkswagen beetles that were used by Turkish police, the only match to me is the Swedish link.
Swedish Police car 'Polis'
As you can see in the picture, the inspiration for this stamp design, clearly comes from the Swedish police. The details were omitted (lamp on the roof).
If you need special assistance in Uganda, don't expect the police soon to arrive. It's a long way from Sweden to Uganda.
Turkish Police
Swedish Police

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