Big Honk’n Numbers!

Is there a large stinker someplace?

If you look at enough old photos of old boats on Lakes and Rivers you will notice every now and then, HUGE numbers on the sides. Now, I am not sure if this was a look? or the Law. It seems a tad odd, but I suppose the reason is you could tell the boat from far away. Does anyone know the history of all this? Is this the sort of thing that would be a cool way to snazz up a show boat? It does have a certain look?

8 replies
  1. Gary Van Tassel
    Gary Van Tassel says:

    WW II. I have some photos of my dads boat with the war numbers. He was critical defense worker and had a medical deferment so not on front lines like my uncles

  2. Gary Van Tassel
    Gary Van Tassel says:

    Some where I have gasoline ration coupons my dad would horde so he could go boating now again. My brother was a toddler at this time he has most of the archives. I was yet to exist!!

  3. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    I don’t know about numbers but I remember my dad was too young for WWI and too old for WWII so he became the Civil Defense Director for Dade County ( Miami) and he got a “C” gas ration sticker which meant we had more gas than many..
    Also remember the half darkened headlights and the blackout curtains for the house…After the war my mother made sails out of the curtains for my first boat…they looked odd but worked…

  4. Kathy Muller
    Kathy Muller says:

    More big numbers– it was a WWII thing. The family that owned our ’34 Hutchinson “Algonquin” gave us this photo– they lived on an island near Clayton, NY on the St. Lawrence and said that everyone had to have these oversized bow numbers during the war.

  5. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    “Sindbad” had it’s registration numbers painted on the deck behind the engine hatch during WWII – so as to be visible from the air…

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