This Combat Action Badge
vanity on the far left was spotted by Arthur Levine. My effort to crop,
rotate, and skew the image would not win any prizes. It's interesting that
so far I have pictures of two personalized plates, but none with a serial
project to include first generation organizational plates with current
plates continues beginning with these American
Legion plates. The A/L00925 is from
Brand Sowers. In addition, the current A/L00059 has been added as a
This nice first generation
plate has been added to the history section
and added to the current Barbershopper section as well. Thanks to Clayton Moore for the
nice image. Barbershopper, like the American Legion above, has so far not
gone to graphic plates on the visitPA base.
This is not a recent photo, just an
Brothers Big Sisters plate. These plates have been around since 2005
with a current high of B/G00066 according to Tom Perri's
PA Plates website.
These Masonic Blue Lodge
blue plate specials have been added to the current photo gallery. The
low-numbered plate is thanks to Clayton Moore, whale the higher plate photo is
from Brandon Sowers. This plate series is now on the visitPA graphic base
after going thru a short run of hybrid plates that had www features on the
For the Ducks Unlimited series, George Kunsman provided the image of the
original yellow on blue version. Since that time there has been a lower
and an upper tier of www plates which appear to end at D/U01844. Then another
series begins at D/U01900. It is believed, but not yet confirmed, that the
D/U01900 series is likely the start of the visitPA run as depicted on the
Owners Group plate series was first issued on the www base in 2004,
then the plate was redesigned on the visitPA base with color graphics in 2006.
Some choose to keep their original plate, while other got the updated version
with the same number. Following that replacement process, newly issued
plates started at H/D01000. Tom Perri
reports the current high as H/D01864.
The first generation Knights of
Columbus organizational plate came out in 1987 as shown here.
In 2001 they were replaced by the www base. Unlike many of the special
org. plates on the www base that ended up with a two-tiered numbering system, I
was unable to establish a break point in the numbering system. This is not
to suggest that there was none, just that I couldn't identify it.
Eventually the organization switched to the visitPA format, and then this
brought about a two-tiered system within that group. Thanks to Clayton
Moore for the early photo shown here.
The original series Lion Member
plate image from Dani DeGuzman has been added to the current display. In
addition the current series has been split into a lower and upper tier as
described in plates above.
Christian Homeschool Association of PA is hot off the plate press
and is a new high. It appears that the sale of these plates is not limited
to those affiliated with this group. The price of the plate is $50, or it
can be personalized for an additional $100. Thanks to Clayton Moore for
sharing this image.
This low number N00
Victory Junction NASCAR plate picture was sent by Jaska Börner.
This series started at N/0/00101
making this the 10th plate issued out of a total of 219. The NASCAR
plate program was ended as of 5/1/2010, however, plates are still eligible
for renewal. The Victory Junction Gang Camp was
for kids with special health care needs
and was the sponsoring agency behind PA's NASCAR program.
Thanks to Jaska Börner for reminding me that I needed a
Penn Wynn Overbrook Hills Fire Company prototype image.
I discovered that I had the image, just needed to post it. It's not a new plate type —
came out in 2012. Click the link to see some issued plates.
This very sharp image of a first
College plate was provided by Clayton Moore. The YC plate
program dates back to 1995.
The process of expanding the coverage of
organizational plates by combining the yellow on blue first generation of
organizational plates with the later www and visitPA plates continues.
Coverage is also expanded for those organizational plates that had a
two-tier system on the www base. We begin this week with Emergency
Medical Services starting with the E/M00574 plate from Brendan
Sherry and the E/M01354. The source of that plate is unknown.
This first group of Fire Fighter
plates has been added to the current Fire Fighter plates. Note the
early Fire Fighter vanities that were available at the beginning of the 1983
plate program. The vanity option was then withdrawn. The FF14900
is courtesy of Clayton Moore while the vanities are courtesy of
These additional current Fire Fighter
images have been added to the mix. The FF35639 plate image is courtesy
of Tom Perri. I'm going
to go out on a limb here and say that there is reason to believe that this
plate type had been discontinued in the FF38695 to FF38699 range.
Perhaps since there are so many fire companies with their own plates, or
maybe the fact that there is no parent fire agency supporting this plate.
Order of Police images have been added to the Fire/ EMS & Police
plate gallery. This plate type dates back to 1987, and has
transitioned their plates the color graphic layout on the visitPA base.
These images are courtesy of Clayton Moore, Bill Ceravola and Tom Perri
This first generation International Association of Fire Fighters plate photo has
been added to the www and visitPA base plates. I realize that I don't
have a www base plate image in the range of P/F00000 to P/F002859.
This range represents those plates that were issued on the www base to
replace the yellow on blue plates. Thanks to Clayton Moore for the
image shown here.
I have contempt for plate frames,
at least those that cover the state and plate type. I don't
understand why the police and the vehicle inspection stations allow frames
that totally obscure the state name. Also, why purchase a plate from
an organization you support, only to cover up the
name of the organization?
Then there's this
Passenger vanity from Steve Ondik who wonders why
people spend money for a vanity plate, put a frame around it and then put
the stickers where they don't belong, thus covering up part of the plate
they paid extra for. Well said.
Presque Isle Partnership image has also been added. These
plates are available to the public to raise funds for the preservation of
the historic Presque Isle Lighthouse. The cost is $49.50, and with
over 1,000 plates issued, the plate program appears to have been beneficial.
process continues this week to expand
the coverage of organizational plates by combining the yellow on blue first generation of
organizational plates with the www and visitPA plates. Coverage is
also expanding for those organizational plates that had a
two-tier system on the www base. We begin this week with
Villanova University. The most significant feature is
relocation of the V/U prefix to the suffix position on the visitPA edition —
a change not seen in other organizational plates. The V/U01399 and
V/U02479 are from Tom Perri.
Next is the W & J or Washington & Jefferson College series starting with
this first generation plate image from
Irazabal. These plates came along starting in 1993 and are now on
the visitPA base with a colorful logo. What's missing and needed for the
display is an upper tier www plate between W/J01200 and W/J01283.
Catholic High School is one of a handful of high schools with
organizational plates. The West Catholic plate program began in 1997
and has so far not made the transition to the visitPA graphic format.
The early issue yellow on blue plate shown here is thanks to George Kunsman.
The uniqueness of the 4-digit plate has
always had a certain appeal. The West Point Alumni
plate is one of only a handful of such plates in PA. This plate has
been added to the later West Point plates. This group has also not yet
moved their plate program into the color graphic format.
Next in order is Widener
University. The Widener program dates back to 1995
starting with yellow on blue plates. The far left image shown here is
from Arthur Levine. The newer plate is an additional example of the
plates reissued on the www base. This group also has not transitioned
their plate program into the color graphic format.
This is a Wilkes
University Alumni sample plate. Anyone have a first
yellow on blue plate and can share a photo? This plate program dates back
to 1995. Also needed is an image of a current issue second tier Wilkes
plate with W/U21000 or above.
Finally this week this first generation
plate image has been added to the display of newer plates. The York
College program dates back to 1995. There are also 2 tiers of plates
on the www base, but so far no indication that there will be a switch to
visitPA base. This photo was provided by Arthur Levine.
They're here! First
photo of the K-series
Passenger plates, thanks to Ryan Battin.
PA State Nurses Association plate on the far left was also courtesy
of Jaska Börner while the center left is from Jeff Lawson. These plates
have been around for about 10 years, and about a year ago the plate received a
facelift as shown on the prototype image. So far none of the new plates
have been spotted.
The effort to expand the coverage of
organizational plates continues by combining the first generation of
organizational plates with plates that came later. The yellow on blue
plates are being added in with the www plates and visitPA plates. I'm also
expanding the coverage of those organizational plates that had a two-tier system
on the www base. Starting with St.
Thomas Moore Alumni Association the yellow on blue plate and this
second tier of the www plate have been added. The G/B01056 plate is
These two first generation St. Vincent Alumni
Association plates have been added to the newer plates. The
far left plate is courtesy of Brandan Sowers, and the near left image was
provided by Jordan
Irazabal. On later plates the word Alumni (error) Assoc. is dropped from the
Next we have these Susquehanna University
plates that have been added to the mix. The plate on the far left is part
of the first group issued on the www base that were replacements for the yellow
on blue plates. The other plates were later issues after the replacement
process was completed. The center plate is from Tom Perri and the last plate
Irazabal. Still needed is a first generation
yellow on blue
We are fortunate to have added a few older
University Alumni plates. In addition, one second tier www
plate has been added. Credit for the far left plate goes to George Kunsman
Irazabal provided the T/U01969 plate.
Next college plate is the University of
Pittsburgh, although this plate started out with a Pitt Bicenntenial
tag line on the yellow on blue base back in 1988. That image is from
George Kunsman. The www plates represent the second tier, or those that
were issued after the re-plating in February of 2002. The U/P03928 is
courtesy of Jeff Lawson.
The final college plate type this week is the
University of Scranton.
This plate type dates back to 1996. Still needed is a first generation
yellow on blue
plate, and also a second tier www plate in the U/S11000 to U/S11095 range.
The last posting for this week is this 1934 Tractor
plate from Tim Gierschick. Click the link to also see 2-digit and 3-digit
'34 Tractor plates. Tim has an amazing collection of tractor plates, but
still needs a few, namely, 1923, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1933 and 1935. If
anyone can help, please let me know.
First image of a 2021 Validation Sticker.
This one was issued for a 5-year trailer registration. The color
patterns on these stickers follow an 8-year cycle.
I am continuing
the process of combining the
first generation of organizational plates with plates that came later. The yellow on blue plates
are being added in with the www plates and visitPA
plates. I'm also expanding the coverage of those organizational plates
that had a two-tier system on the www base The first section to be
completed this week was Notre
Dame Alumni Association, which changed its name to University of
Notre Dame. The 00006N/D image is from Tom Perri.
Next category to be expanded was Ohio State Alumni
with the addition of this first generation plate from Ryan Battin. In
separating the early (first tier) www plates from those that were issues after
the re-plating in 2001, I need a picture between O/S00700 and O/S00764 which
won't be easy to spot.
The largest single group of organizational
plates is the Penn
State Alumni Association with over 15,000 plates in use. Even
the first generation shown here went at least as high as P/S21344. Even
with the abundance of Penn State plates, an www base image is needed between P/S21800 and
P/S24899, which were issued after the re-plating in May of 2001. The first
two plate images above were from Brendan Sherry, the other is unknown.
This first generation Shippensburg
University Alumni has been added to the College page together with the current images.
This plate type also had a two-tiered system on the www base. A plate image
is needed on the www base between S/U01500 and S/U1689.
Both of these St. James Alumni
plates are thanks to Tom Perri. Like the
above organizations the first generation and later second tier www plates were
added to the mix. The plate on the near left is from that sometimes hard
to find elusive
upper tier of www plates that ran from S/J11000 to at least the current high
shown here. This organization has not yet moved to the visitPA base.
This first generation St. Joseph's
University plate was added to the College page. This picture
is thanks to George Kunsman. Beside the version shown here, St. Joseph's
has now had plates on two groups of www plates as well as the visitPA standard
and vanity formats.
These two variations of 1937 Dealer
plates have been added to the Dealer History section. The X was the dealer
plate designator, and as can be seen here, could be in the first or second
position. There likely were also 4-character plates such as X123 or 1X23
that measured 6" x 10" compared to the 6" x 12" shown here. The images are courtesy of
Here are 1944 Motorcycle
and 1956 Motorcycle
plates from Bob Connison. They are very similar in formatting. For
1944 there were some
11782 plates issued suggesting that the alpha-numeric series would have been
used after the series hit 9999, and by 1956 some 24,000 plates were issued.
This 3-digit 1964 Motorcycle Dealer
was provided by Bob Connison. The 1964 plate signaled a return to single
year dealer plates after the '58 thru '61, and the '62 thru '63 multi-year
plates. There are still a number of missing years of Motorcycle Dealer
plates if anyone can help.
This is the first picture of a 1937 Official
plate. The image is courtesy of Clayton Moore. The Official Plate
section shows that for 1936, 1937 and 1938 the number series appears to be in
the 31000 and 32000 series. Images are still needed for a 1925 and 1934
Official plates. Plates from 1939 thru 1956 were from a reserved number
block of passenger plates but lacked any
distinguishing features to identify them as Official plates. Plates
all consisted of 5-digit serial numbers. See
http://www.statetrooperplates.com/pennsylvania.html for a listing with images of these plates.
Thanks to Norm Ratcliff and Allan Cooper for a great website on State Trooper
These two variations of 1952 Trailer
plates have been added to the Trailer History section. Plates that year
used the following formats: 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A
to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high. The images are courtesy of