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Hello Alf, thanks for all of the great photos. However, might I ask that you add the requisite categories to your photos? It makes it easier to find them, so that they don't get lost in the maelstrom of information available here. I just edited a few of your photos to add categories, you can check my work if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Mr.choppers (talk) 07:21, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

Got you! I don't use bots much; as I upload each and every picture manually I find it easier to categorize right away. And again, great photos and thanks for sharing. Mr.choppers (talk) 17:25, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

You might want to check out HotCat. // Liftarn (talk)

  • Hello Alf, may I ask you again to categorize your photos more carefully. In the last days, you uploaded beautiful photos of Volkswagen Transporter, generation T1 and T2. It would be nice if you put these cars in the proper category. It is quite a lot of work to recategorize all your photos. Thanks in advance. OnkelFordTaunus (talk) 16:33, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Auto Union 1000 break image Doubt about the date of the carEdit

Auto Union AU 1000 (1968), Dutch licence registration JK-55-85 pic2.JPG

I think this excellent picture is unlikely to be of a 1968 car. As far as I know the model was replaced in Europe several years earlier. Please, why do you think it is a 1968 car? If it is down to the kenteken, then maybe the car was used first in Germany and then imported to NL in 1968. I think they were still manufactured in 1968 in Argentina but (1) I do not know if that included the estate model and (2) you would need to be very rich and determined to import an out of date Auto Union model from Argentina to Europe back then?

OR (which is very likely) am I missing something obvious? Thank you if you will have any thoughts on this. Regards Charles01 (talk) 13:39, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

The DKW/Auto-Union estate was made in Argentina till 1969 → , one in that condition will set you back about 30,000 dollars down under, this one has the suicide doors so its probably a 1958 F94, good way of finding out is by the engine size, if its a 1000 cc it may be from Argentina.
...and by the way Charles01, saw that you've got a Mk 1 Scirocco on your talk page, I owned one of those (brand new) in that same colour! cheers - Moebiusuibeom-en (talk) 22:43, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

It looks as though there were rear hinged doors on the Argentinian built Auto Union 1000 even where it has four doors. Structural rigidity must have been horrible.
Thanks for a full and thoughtful answer. According to the english language wiki entry the Duesseldorf (ie German) built version had a 981cc engine which would have counted as 1000 cc Auto Union branded car (and was up from 896cc on the previous DKW badged model). I wrote most of that entry, so maybe I do not add much by quoting myself! But I did copy most of it from the German language entry, and I see that in the info box at the top of the page I did add the name of a book as an independent authoritative source for the (new) engine size, so I promise I didn't simply make it up! The door hinges do indeed recall the previous model / DKW F93, but the positioning of the badge on the front grill (not above it) suggest it is a feature of the Auto Union 1000. And when you took the picture it presumably had Auto Union (not DKW) written on it somewhere. So it looks like a sort of hybrid between the old and new. Maybe in the workshop where they did the estate they had some previous year components to use up so they put the new model's front decor (and maybe fitted its engine) on what was in other respects last year's model so as to sell it as the newer model at a newer price. The company was very short of cash at this time. 1958 seems a likely build year, but as you can tell, I'm still pretty confused...
The Argentinian website looks as if its been put together with some care, so I guess the car might be a more recent (than 1958) model built there. The Argentine version does indeed seem to have retained the rear hinged doors even after the European version had switched to front hinged doors - even for the four door version. Though it would still have been ... very unusual that anyone should take the Argentinian version of an (in European terms) obsolete car and spend time and money to import it to the Netherlands. Ah well.
Volkswagen ur Scirrocco Muenchen.JPG
Beautiful car (the original Giugaro Scirocco), though I think from inside more suitable for short people than for tall people, so probably NL was not their best market. At least, when I moved to work in Amstelveen I went from feeling tall (in England) to feeling on the small side of normal (in Nederland)....
I have another picture that same colour on a Scirocco taken in Munich when the car was newly introduced. (The month the German postage stamps were advertising some Weltmeisterschaft - I guess football?) I always liked that picture, but the lighting was never easy under a tree, and when I look at it now, either my eyes have changed or the film has faded. The angle's still usefully interesting but otherwise it doesn't look so good these days. Sorry .... you didn't deserve such a lengthy reaction. Regards Charles01 (talk) 07:11, 27 January 2012 (UTC)
Flickr disagrees. I found two other photos of the same car (here and here) which claim it as a "1962", and another one here which simply states that this car was built between 1957 and 1959. The mystery deepens. Mr.choppers (talk) 18:53, 28 January 2012 (UTC)
... and here, right in front of our noses → AUTO UNION 1000 Super dutch licence registration FG-15-87 pic1.JPG and here → Autounion Audi at the Szocialista Jáműipar Gyöngyszemei 2008 (front) - 001.jpgMoebiusuibeom-en (talk) 03:44, 29 January 2012 (UTC)

File:Deira IMO 9394466 approaching Port of Rotterdam, Holland 21-Feb-2005.jpgEdit

How you photographed the ship in 2005 year if she was launched in 2006? Where is error?--Mike1979 Russia (talk) 04:20, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Author categoryEdit

Hi Alfvanbeem,

If you are interested, I could create a category Category:Photographs by Alfvanbeem or Category:Photographs by Alf van Beem and have my bot add your uploads in there. It would take the bot some time to add them, but it wouldn't involve too much work. It could make it easier to navigate through your photographs, similar to Category:Images by S.J. de Waard.

BTW thanks for sharing your photographs with us. It's a substantial part of our Commons ships collection. --  Docu  at 14:17, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Reply: Hi Docu, I hope i am responding in the right way. Please do as you suggested. Thanks and regards, Alf

Thanks for your response. Do you prefer "Photographs by Alfvanbeem" or "Photographs by Alf van Beem" (or some other variant)? Subcategories at Category:User categories (flat list) use quite a few different variations. --  Docu  at 20:09, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Reply: Hi Docu, "Photographs by Alf van Beem" would be nice i think. Thanks, Alf

Ok. I did some of it today. I will try to finish tomorrow. --  Docu  at 19:13, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

I guess this was just a mistake. But you better check so you haven't "taken credit" from someone else on other images :-) Cheers! /V-wolf (talk) 20:48, 12 May 2012 (UTC)

Hi, Alfvanbeem
Similarly, I asked for a series of images to be corrected (see Commons:Bots/Work_requests#Fix_author_name). I assume this is correct. --  Docu  at 02:19, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

Hi Alf van Beem,

I was about to move about 400 ships from "Photographs by Alf van Beem" to "Ships photographed by Alf van Beem", but after about 100 I stopped as I noticed that you had moved some in the opposite direction. If it's a problem, I can undo the 100.

With my Best Wishes for 2013. --  Docu  at 17:07, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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For the large amount of high quality images of all kinds of vehicles. Thank you! High Contrast (talk) 17:18, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Avia S-199 and Avia S-92Edit

Thank you for adding the photos of these aircraft. I have added then to the related articles on wiki.Thank you again for these great photos. Articseahorse (talk) 05:16, 1 July 2012 (UTC)


Vraagje. Tot op heden zie ik dat je meestal foto's van zeeschepen uploadt, maar mijn vraag is om bij het rondvaren door de haven ook eens wat meer aandacht te besteden aan de binnenvaart. Maar dan wel gelijk het verzoek om bij die schepen ook een foto te maken waarbij je duidelijk het Europanummer (ENI-nummer) kunt aflezen. Ik zoek me vaak mottig om dat achteraf bij binnenschepen weer terug te vinden. En als de naam er dan niet bijstaat is dat geen probleem, via dat nummer is die meestal wel te vinden op de site van De binnenvaart. Zo doe ik dat meestal, zie: Category:Companion (ship, 2009). (Vanaf de brug van Gorinchem genomen.) Ik zag overigens net dat je er al een zwik gedaan had. Prima. --Stunteltje (talk) 09:11, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you !Edit

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40,000 contributions but I can't even count, let alone look at, all your brilliant images. Penyulap 12:17, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Boudicca (ship, 1973)Edit

  • Hallo Alfvanbeem , wo wurde Boudicca - IMO 7218395 - Callsign C6VA3.JPG aufgenommen? (Where was this photo captured?), viele Grüße, --PjotrMahh1 (talk) 16:05, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
    • At Dover, England.

Thank youEdit

Many thanks for the excellent car images that you upload to Wikimedia. However it would be a great assistance if you would provide more detail about the vehicle in your photograph, particularly the things that cannot be established from the photo like the precise model, year of manufacture, engine size etc. Yes, it is very true that an image of a rare car is much much nicer than no image at all but often it becomes important to be able to distinguish between cars and when many details are provided important distinctions can be made. Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 07:50, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

An Invite to join Aviation WikiProjectEdit

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Hi, you are cordially invited to join the Aviation WikiProject! We're a group of editors working to improve Commons' coverage of aviation. This includes aircraft, airports, airlines and other topics.

As you have shown an interest in File:B-2460 Air China Cargo Boeing 747-4J6(BCF) - cn 24348 taxiing 14july2013 pic-001.JPG we thought you might like to take an interest in this new WikiProject.
We look forward to welcoming you to the project! russavia (talk) 13:29, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Menhir du PlessisEdit


I'm checking the images for Wiki loves monuments France,and I currently have an issue. The two photos of the Menhir du Plessis (File:Menhir du Plessis, pic1.JPG and File:Menhir du Plessis, pic2.JPG) don't have a location. Where did you take these two photos ?

Thanks, Trizek from FR 11:21, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

These are the coordinates: 46.45758,-1.444998 and 46.456798,-1.445631 Google has also a hit when you google Menhirs du Plessis! Regards, Alfvanbeem (talk) 11:29, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Subcategories of Category:Musée des BlindésEdit

Hello. Your edits (e.g., [1] and [2]) violate COM:CAT. Why have you performed such strange esits? Ain92 (talk) 06:57, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi Ain92, I am trying to create a lot of new categories related to this museum in the next couple of day's and to make it more clearly for this period i dragged al the categories temporarely to the main category. Whitin a day or to i will then move all the categories to there appropriate position again if that is allright with you.
Regards Alfvanbeem (talk) 08:54, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Then I wish you success! Best regards, Ain92 (talk) 17:11, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Images of cansEdit

Hello, Alfvanbeem. Could you consider giving a license to the cans of the images you're uploading? I am not familiar with the subject, and I can't read Dutch so I cannot research it either. You can do it via the {{3-D in PD|<Template or reason here>}} template. Thanks. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 15:41, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi Magog, I do not understand the question. As i look back to these uploads i see i have given them a licence. Did you mean i should categorize them? Regards, Alf Alfvanbeem (talk) 16:19, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

You haven't provided a license to the cans. Your photographs qualify as derivative works; if the cans themselves are not out of copyright, then we must delete the photographs. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 16:25, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi Magog, If i follow the tree on, it is permanently installed in a public place (the museum Terug in de Tijd) and free of FOP. Than it should be ok or not? Regards, Alf

Panoramafreiheit refers to photographs of permanently fixed items, namely statues and buildings. Museums are not considered OK in most countries, including the Netherlands. So I don't believe so. However, if the cans are old enough, they may be in the public domain already. Also, we only have to worry about the part of the cans that has artwork on it. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 17:09, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

OK, thanks for the info. The only thing i know about the museum is that the stuff they have expositioned is from 1900 - 1960's. So if you think some of them should be deleted, please go ahead. Regards, Alfvanbeem (talk) 17:16, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

File:Marouise cigarettes pic1.JPGEdit

Bet it was "Marquise"... AnonMoos (talk) 21:48, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

File:ATST cigarettes.JPGEdit

Presumably Devanagari, not "ATST"... AnonMoos (talk) 22:11, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Moving categoriesEdit

This regards the creation of Category:Old Gold (cigarettes) to replace Category:Old Gold (cigarette).

Please use the {{move}} template to request a category move, or place non-controversial move requests (such as this one) at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands. These will (somewhat) preserve the history of the category, instead of eliminating it entirely. Thank you. Mindmatrix 16:29, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

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Hallo Alf,

Is dat blauwe erba sigarenblik uit mijn woonplaats ook te ruil / koop. Ik zoek valkenswaardse sigarenblikken en deze heb ik nog niet. Ik kan ook ruilen, want ik ca. 400 sigarenblikken te ruil. Ik hoor graag van u.


G. van Gerven

Hallo G. van Gerven,
Ik heb dit gefotografeerd op de Verzamelbeurs te Nieuwegein. Het blik was in der daad te koop, maar ik weet niet hoe contact te krijgen met de verkoper, alleen dat zijn naam Han is en hij een woning in Amsterdam heeft.
In Maart zal er weer een verzamelbeurs in Nieuwegijn zijn en dan zal ik hem eea kunnen vragen, of als ik hem op een andere verzamelbeurs tegen kom.
Is dat ok?

Yours sincerely, russavia (talk) 13:12, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Gratitude for cigarette pack imagesEdit

Dear Alf, though I'm not a smoker, I've recently started appreciating the design of cigarette packaging. Thanks so much for your uploads of images of these, and for releasing them into the public domain. Sincerely, Leon... (talk) 15:07, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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For your wonderful, hi-res photos of cigarette packaging. Leon... (talk) 15:26, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

File:Feinstes Boden-Wachs Union Auchsburg Schild-001.JPGEdit

Hi Alfvanbeem, could you eventually add an approximate date (year) about when the original sign was used/produced. --Túrelio (talk) 09:09, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Enamel advert, Eveready, extra long life battery.JPGEdit

Hi, Alfvanbeem. It looks like the language at the bottom of this image is Bengali. However, you might want to check up with someone on this list (I'm no expert on Bengali!) Best regards, Clockery Fairfeld who, me? 17:41, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Dry electrolytic capacitorEdit

Hallo Alfvanbeem, Du hast vor kurzem einige Fotos von "dry electrolytic capacitors" hochgeladen. Danke dafür, konnte eines gleich in der Historie von Aluminium Elektrolytkondensatoren einbauen. Eine Frage: Kannst Du auf Deinen Fotos die aufgedruckte Patent-Nummer erkennen? Ich schreibe grade einen Artikel über die Geschichte der Elkos und dieses Patent könnte die Beschreibung beeinflussen. Danke im Voraus für Deine Hilfe. Grüsse --Elcap (talk) 07:08, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Problem with your pictures of 2 Chevrolet Task Force pick-upEdit


I faced difficulties with categorizing 2 pickups (4 pictures) you put on Commons:

You gave the first one the name "Chevrolet 3100 Pick-Up (1959)". Are you 100% sure of this model year? It has indeed the 1958-59 only rear "Fleetside" bed, but also... 1955-57 fenders, a 1955-56 only hood and a 1957 only fender emblem SMirC-crazy.svg
If this one is definitely a 1959 model, it will go with the other 1958-59 Apache Task Force trucks. But shouldn't it then be given a better name, so people can understand it has some older parts on it? And if you're unsure, I think it would be better also to change the name to avoid showing a misleading model year.

Same problem with the blue pick-up: 1958-59 bed and 1959 only fender emblem, but 1955-57 fenders and 1955-56 only hood and front fascia. If it is a pre-1958 model with later bed and emblem, it cannot be named Apache and categorized with such trucks. But the name of the picture has then to be changed, so people won't be confused.
If it is 1958+ model with previous model cab, it's without a doubt an Apache, but the name deserve to be also changed, so one can understand why a pick-up with that kind of front fascia is among totally different looking trucks.

What do you think about all of this?

For the record, the 3 different front fascias of the Task Force series, and the one of "your" blue TF.

Front view of a 1956 Task Force pickup Front view of a 1957 Task Force pickup Front view of a 1958 Task Force Apache pickup Front view of a blue Task Force pickup
1955-56 1957 1958-59 "Yours" #2

BarnCas (talk) 08:31, 25 August 2014 (UTC) Cars

Hi BarnCas, I do not have much knowledge of cars, i looked up the data on the website of the Dutch car registration of the tax office. There it simply says what year the car was officially registered. So i leave it up to you to do what you think is best :)

Regards Alfvanbeem (talk) 10:26, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to jump in with a "side-question", but your talk page is on my watch list and .... would you mind letting us know the web page ("url"?) for the Dutch tax office? And please.
In case helpful, here is the one for the British tax office (which was discovered - or at least notified to me by a fellow contributor from not Britain but Finland).
Many thanks if you can help on this. Success Charles01 (talk) 11:55, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
It is
You can enter the licencenumber (with or without dashes) in the yellow area.
Alfvanbeem (talk) 14:17, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
Seriously useful and thank you much.
Do you happen to know why such a high proportion of the cars appear to have been first registered in the month of June? - especially US originating cars. Do NOT, please, take time thinking about this. I just thought you MIGHT have noticed the same issue yourself and found an explanation. Regards Charles01 (talk) 15:18, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
@ Alfvanbeem
"I do not have much knowledge of cars [...] So i leave it up to you to do what you think is best :)"
I feared such an answer lol
Ok, I'll do something. I don't know what yet, but I'll do it. Most certainly ask to remove model year (59) and model name (Apache) from the names of the pictures, and explain the "chimera mix" of these cars in the description...
I think indeed it is important not to mislead people seeking for informations on how a car/truck/flower/whatever-you-want looks like.

  • American model year change in July, like in many other countries. So maybe the car dealers give a substantial discount to get rid of as many "soon to be last model year" cars as possible in June? I also vaguely remember a tax story related to former model year, but I don't remember if it was for the USA nor if it is a recent practice or a 50 years old one...
  • Not asked, but you'll find a lot of links about registration plate numbers in numerous countries here. And also this tool (fr) for the new French plates. Finding the date of first registration is not the actual purpose of the French tool, but it does it in practice Clin
    Warning sign  But remember that in France:
    • the new plate system will give useful informations only for mid-2009+ vehicles, as the former system gave plate numbers depending on the location of the owner of the car. For 2009 on, a new vehicle gets a unique national and life-long plate number.
    • pre-2009 vehicles can get (and they will eventually all have) a new system plate number. It then just gives the date of their first registration... in the new system, regardless of their actual model year...
BarnCas (talk) 03:34, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you both. I've not yet gone through the answers but it looks as though I'll have fun following up on those links. It is indeed a source of sadness for me that with Italian and (more recently) French cars you cannot simply look at the license plate and know where in the country it is registered. (Though maybe it's not important enough to trigger anything so profound as sadness...)
In terms of getting to the age of the car from the license plate, the Netherlands and Great Britain are both unusual - at least at this end of Europe - in that the same license plate (usually) stays with the car throughout the life of the car. So you really can know - or at least the information is there if you can access it - simply from looking at the license plate when the car was first registered. Ho hum and best wishes. Charles01 (talk) 06:59, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
@Charles01: I think the plate subject deserves to have its own existence in your UTP Clin
@Alfvanbeem: Once again, thank you for your response lol
BarnCas (talk) 00:30, 27 August 2014 (UTC)


This photo of yours will be on the English language Wikipedia main page for twelve hours beginning 14:00 Friday 3 october. I finally wrote an article on the Marcos GT, and this is a good accompanying shot, I feel. Cheers, mr.choppers (talk)-en- 07:41, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

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