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A postcard déjà vu

Have a look at the following postcards from the sixties:

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Notice something... unusual? In some postcards it is quite obvious, in others not so much... but the red car is always there!

Andreas Möller loves the Ford Taunus. Throughout the years, he has collected lots of memorabilia related to the car of his dreams, enough to fill a room with brochures, operating manuals and even postcards! One day, he noticed something strange... in many of the postcards he had, the car was the same, a red Ford Taunus 12m with Hamburg license plate HH-KX 942!

The more he looked, the more glaring it became... there it was, in front of the church in the Dutch town of Zutphen, or stopped at the French-Belgian border crossing in Menen as well as in several other towns of the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. Sometimes it was featured prominently, others it was discretely parked in the background... How was that possible?!

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Mr. Möller doesn't know for sure, but he speculates that the car most likely belongs to the photographer. In one of the postcards, the trunk of the car is slightly open - indicating that perhaps the just got his equipment out of it before taking the photo.

Contacted by Mr. Möller, Hamburg town hall revealed that unfortunately the records about this car had already been destroyed, so there might be no way to find out more about the mysterious fan of the Taunus ... but what a great story it is!

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You can see the rest of the postcards on this gallery on the Spiegel website, where the story was first published (in German). And a big thank-you to Mr. Möller, who let us borrow his card photos and tell his story. If you have any information that might help him solve this automobile mystery, leave a comment below! :)


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71 comments so far

REH, Germany
The red car
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nomadic_gypsy, United States of America
Love this! And I love how the vintage postcards look like paintings.
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Monina, Argentina
The red car!!!
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Saintois, Belgium
wow..
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Pebbles84, Netherlands
Really awesome cards :) We had a green Ford Taurus when I was a kid :D A model from the (late) 70s I think, bit newer than this one.
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jordi07, Spain
I read a very similar story, with a lot of old Barcelona postcards from 1905-10 with the same man in all...
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HanneTang, Denmark
The red car and I remember my father had one!
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AVMAURA, United States of America
The red car, of course,my favorite color :)
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rosenbusch, Germany
What a nice story. I had a Ford Taunus, too - but later...
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ktnagel, Germany
The other thing now unsual is the low traffic volume ;)
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postkartenfranz, Switzerland
:-))
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Dorthe, Denmark
it is probably not the same car, but it is an old red one:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dorthe/3687561151/in/set-72157601096730744/
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ser0708, Ukraine
Nice story! :)
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Simoone, Netherlands
I love these cards! Wonderful!
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Colemore, Australia
No mobile phone towers either : )
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geminiscp, Portugal
:D Nice story! I wish all the best for Mr. Möller! :D
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leugim, United Kingdom
Surprising story :D
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tubish, Netherlands
They still sell those kind of cards in Delft... A few months ago I paid 50 cents for 10 cards, now they are 3 euros!
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shui, Taiwan
What an interesting story! Thanks for sharing this! :)
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PilotOne, Portugal
Very curious story this one! :)
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islander61, Bahamas
Yes, I noticed the red car right away. Very interesting.
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abbyaguas, Philippines
What a great story! Very cool :)
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Leopold, Uganda
Curious case of the Red Car !
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aniekwuri_r, Indonesia
cool.....
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nims, Malaysia
that red car is everywhere
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muecke0910, Germany
A fantastic story; I like it!
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bicycle, Germany
Very curious story :)
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ritz, United Arab Emirates
as I was scrolling the pictures I thought to myself there's nothing wrong to it... but after reading the "red car" and scrolled back it was a big "WOW!"....
I think I better check my old cards maybe that red car is with them.. lol
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kelu, Netherlands
i wish sometimes time stopped i go back to the 70 or 80 what a great time was that,you have nothing to spend but so happy with your live.
The 2000 are very fast to live,in and a lot of people are not happy.

Great cards are these maybe i have some cards i wil look.
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bodrumlu, Turkey
nice
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rkneo11, India
WOW...
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Lata, United Kingdom
Great story!
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kugusch, Germany
sorry I can't help, but it was interesting to read.
Maybe Mrs. Scully and Mr. Mulder could help????
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pefawm, Norway
lovely story.
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lucymonty, United Kingdom
Very interesting! Surely it belonged to the photographer, can't have been that many coincidences!
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Buckbeak123, Germany
Very mysterious - a fantastic story!
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nugget, United States of America
Thanks for sharing. Please let us know if you solve the mystery!
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Lorelai, Germany
Thanks meiadeleite: the story is still fascination me + the postcards looks better than in the Spiegel-magazine
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
It is a signature, discreet and personal! Congrats to the creator, to the observer of the fact and for postcrossing to share!
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moonlessnite, Canada
i noticed the red car immediately. Great! i have a feeling there will be a part 2 to this lovely story!
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melianthemaya, Germany
That's quite an amazing, unusual story. :) I hope the mystery will be solved.
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Kayla6113, United States of America
This is so funny to me.. :D
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isagv, Germany
Oostende and De Haan did not change much! ;)
Great story!
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teesa, Portugal
What a interesting story!!
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pandoraspocks, United States of America
i love this, so cool!
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Gil, United States of America
An old friend and photographer always said, "there should be a little red in every picture."
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Roux, Indonesia
Cool(≧∇≦)
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jjkeim, United States of America
Thank you so much for sharing these cards and their story. I hope the photographer or his family help solve the mystery. Has the postcard company been contacted?
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lupideeloop, Spain
Lovely story for all we who like the vintage cards! It's really amazing!
And the cards, of course, are really great.
It's strange to find out tha the old cards were made from a so different point of view than the touristic cards we are nowadays used to. The modern touristic card are really boring, showing just the touristic items out of their situation. In the 70es. the screen was wide open. The situation and the moment had a real protagonism, not only the target out of the scenery... Curious.
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pucky, Netherlands
Absolutely great collection!
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sekar, Sweden
Great story!
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CamJP, Australia
Cool!
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ADRIENNEHALL, United States of America
i noticed the car right away. i think that the owner of the car loved to travel and that the car was photographed to prove his/her travel log. great story.
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AnnaSz, Poland
This car... Is this James Bond's car?? ;-)
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Schnalzi, Austria
echt lustig, hehehe
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Saintois, Belgium
I have some old cards with that card also on it.
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Zigodust, Australia
That is an amazing story! I love the old vintage card,,In some of my cards I have the exact same spot taken say 40 years ago, and then a newer card of this place and I can see how much it has changes over the years.
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MistyCeleste, Spain
Cool! Are you sure it's always the very same card? I mean, does it have the same number plate?
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ingerlinger, Norway
Amazing story !
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doug94550, United States of America
Thank You very much. I now have a new idea for a postcard series.
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joyyo2001, Taiwan
could it be possible it was the most reprentative/ common car at that time, sort of like Iphone today people just have and see it everywhere, even in the photo of postcards! lol
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sylviamelon, China
What a story!
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pucky, Netherlands
well, now I thought; one can photoshop nowadays such items in a picture!
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Wagner, Brazil
Great story!
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PROBOJATI, Indonesia
woooow!! truly great story..n its history
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JinaSensei, United States of America
I like hidden and background details like that.
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Mirumiru, Greece
Aah, it sounds like some of David Linch's stories=))
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Manasi, India
Wow what an observation :)Its like a miracle :)
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ipuenktchen, Iran
thanks for the story and pics!! perhaps like hitchcock had the habitude to appear in all his films for some seconds like a signature so the photographer perhaps has also the idea that a piece of himself should appear in all his photos!!?!?? who knows.....
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Sonia, Germany
I guess the photographer took his car everywhere he went and was dull enough to have it in his pictures all the time. I think I figured out a German (Hamburg) number plate on two of them cars. You could write to Hamburg's car register and ask, who the owner was. Maybe it turns out it was really the bloke who took all them wonderful pictures! It's like in that series, "Starsky & Hutch", in every series there was this grey VW Beetle! Once you noticed it, you are always looking for it! Have a try!
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HM, Netherlands
Lovely! Today I received http://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/RU-1655921 with 1 1/2 old Волга

I like those cards very much, especial if there is not so much to see on them.
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