Tuesday, 26 June 2012

customized folk


Years ago I was touring the beautiful unspoiled countryside
around my hometown when I happily stumbled across 
this hand painted Renault 4 wittily emphasizing 
the periodic revival of folk trend.
Bedecked with a rosemaling design (the folk decorative
painting on wood style arisen in the rural valleys of Norway
 
around 1750) and lace frames, the faded blue vintage car
was quite an unexpected encounter that today, thanks 
to the comprehensive website run by Michael Kustermann,
'License Plates of the World”, I'm eventually 
able to recognize was coming from Belgium.
I keep on fantasizing about the jaunty R4 still touring
Europe's network of secondary roads delighting bystanders
on its way to grace through hamlets and villages.

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