11 March, 2009

Bucharest License Tag of the Day

This one caught my eye because of my history as a graphic artist and desktop publisher. In a few jobs I've had, fonts were crucial on a daily basis so I've developed a keen eye for typefaces. On its own, this doesn't look terribly out of place:

But put it next to any other Romania tag, and you can see what's amiss.
This time, the tag appeared to be done in correctly-raised metal lettering, not a hint of Sharpie in sight. But even allowing for the slightly foreshortened angle of the subject tag (I could have straightened it out in Photoshop but 1. it's not such a significant distortion, and 2. I'm lazy), note the difference in overall width of the characters, and certainly the shape (including the usage of serifs). You can directly compare the "B," "7," "S" and "L."
I took this photo at least 2 weeks ago and have yet to see another tag done in this style, so that seems to rule out the possibility that Romania is retooling its license-tag production. There are so many things that desperately need retooling in this place far more than license tags, but I digress.
So, I put the same question out there as before - anyone have an idea why this might be? It seems quite an effort and expense for a fraud, but it clearly isn't standard issue either. Hopefully we shall see...

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