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Posting 9/16/2018

The East Allen Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. recently ordered 4 new plates.  What was expected was that the plates would have the map outline like other organizational plates have had as far back as July of 2017.  What was received was one plate, 20039E/A, that still had the sticker well.  The other three have no sticker well, and obviously no map.  As far as I know such plates are produced on a per order basis, not stockpiled.  As the program coordinator, I will attempt to get an answer from PennDOT.

 


Here's a low number West Manchester Township Fire Department spotted recently by Arthur Levine.  West Manchester Township is located on the outskirts of York, PA.  Their plate program dates back to 2010.  So far about 35 plates have been issued.

 


Next is this West Virginia University Alumni University vanity plate, the first personalized one spotted.  WVU's plate program dates back to 1996 on the yellow on blue base.  Tom Perri's website lists W/V01653 as the current high.  Thanks to Bruce Bufalini for sharing this street shot.

 


Here's a low and a new high U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc.  The low number plate had been hiding in my archives — note the 12-06 sticker.  The plates date back to 2005.  The 00168S/V plate represents a new high.  That plate was spotted by Bruce Bufalini who reports that the plate did not have a sticker well.  

 


This is a NASCAR 0 Ward Burton sample plate image.  The image came from a large group of NASCAR sample plates from Clayton Moore.  This plate type was only issued for the 2004 racing season, and with only 2 plates issued, it was not made available for the 2005 season.  So far no actual plates have been photographed.

 


Here's another low and high.  These Repair Towing plates represent the small group from RT-70900 to RT-71899, and are without the sticker well, and without the map outline.  Sometimes I wonder if all this tracking is worth the effort.

 


Turning to historic plates we start with this very nice 1944 Format 8 Passenger 'shortie'.  Format 8 consisted of the serial sequence from AA10 to ZZ999.  4-character plates measured 6 inches by 10 inches, while 5 characters required a  6 inch by 11 inch base.  This very nice plate belonged to John Willard.  Still needed for 1944 are plate photos from these two series: 10A0 to 99Z99 and 000A to 999Z.

 


Next in this week's lineup is this 1954 Format 9 Passenger plate.  Format 9 is made up of plates from 1AA0 to 9ZZ99.  So both 4 and 5 character plates were used; however, all measured the same at 6 inches by 10¼ inches.  This nice looking plate also belonged to John Willard.  Still needed for 1954 are plate photos from these two series: 000A to 999Z and 00AA to 99ZZ.

 


Here's a super nice 1952 Trailer plate.  The tag appears to have never been used.  This plate is a Format 5 plate meaning the serial progression ran from 000A to 999Z.  All Trailer plates that year were 4 characters except to Format 6 which consisted of 5 digits starting at 10000.  All Trailer tags were 6 inches by 11 inches in size.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this photo.

 


When Trailer plates were reissued for 1972, the starting point would have been TA-10000.  Click the image to enlarge it, and note the 72 lightly embossed in the upper left sticker well.  This plate run extended thru 1977 before being replaced in 1978.  Thanks to Peter Clericuzio for the use of this picture.

 


1916 Truck plates saw the beginning of steel embossed tags rather than porcelain; however, the use of stars to designate weight classes continued through 1919.  The plate shown here is a 5-star example.  As mentioned in the past, the 4-star and especially the 5-star heavy weights are very tough to come by.  This plate was part of Jake Eckenrode's remarkable display at the recent ALPCA Valley Forge Convention. 

 


This is an S-Weight Class 1935 Truck plate.  There were several S-Class serial sequences with this one running from S0A00 to S9Z99.  The plate shown here, and most truck plates, used 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 12 inches; however, there were R-class and S-Class overflow plates that used 6 characters and measured 6 inches by 15 inches.  This photo is thanks to Mike at Pl8source.

 


We finish this week with this 1951 U-Class Truck plate.  That class was part of the R through Z class designations (lightest to heaviest) for 2 axle trucks.  The X was reserved for Dealer plates and not used for trucks.  There were 4 serial progressions used for the U class.  All plates used 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 11 inches.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this photo.

 


Posting 9/9/2018

I was going to say that at least for the moment, this Passenger plate and Truck plate are the new highs, but my focus is not on highs as much as it is on design changes and serial progression variations.  Thanks to Ryan Battin for the images.

 

 


This Bucknell University plate was recently photographed by Bruce Bufalini.  He indicated that this plate did not have the sticker well, as was evident on a previous photo of B/U21718.  Bucknell's plate program dates back to 1998 on the yellow on blue base.

 

 


The far left Misericordia University plate photo is not new, it was provided by Tom Perri some time ago, but I missed posting it.  Then just recently Bruce Bufalini spotted the other plate in his travels.  This is now the new high.

 

 


Here's a very nice National Ski Patrol plate that was recently photographed by Tim Gierschick.  The current reported high is 00240S/P, with the program dating back to 2011.  They currently sell standard issue plates, like the one shown here, for $45, and $145 for a personalized edition.  I don't know what the membership requirement are.

 


Next up is this photo of a new high Presque Isle Partnership plate.  This plate photo is thanks to Barefoot Jaime.  Note that this plate has the small map outline, as did the previously spotted plate 01120P/I.  We also know that as of 01069P/I the plates still had sticker wells.  Wikipedia lists 5 lighthouses for PA, who would have thought?

 


This U.S. Army Veteran plate was recently spotted by Jordan Irazabal.  While this is a new high, the use of the map outline was seen as far back as 13770A/R, and last seen on 13613A/R, suggesting the change took place somewhere between those numbers.  This series dates back to 2009 starting with plate 10001A/R.

 


This personalized U.S. Navy Veteran plate likely stands for a Destroyer Designated Guided or Guided Missile Destroyer.  DDG-18 was the designation for the USS Semmes. These branch-of-service veteran plates made their debut back in 2009, the small map outline is a more recent addition.  Thanks to Jeff Lawson for the photo.

 


This nicely preserved very low number 1929 Passenger plate still appears to have its original paint.  There is a good possibility that this plate was issued to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, a predecessor to today's PennDOT.  This plate measures 6 inches by 10 inches.  The plate photo was provided courtesy of David Abla.

 


But wait, there's more!.  This very unique 1931 Passenger plate was not repainted, so why the colors?  Actually the plate is made of aluminum and only the background was painted, which was dark blue.  The reverse side is not painted and shows the natural aluminum color.  So what's the story?  These plate photos were provided by Ned Flynn.  Eric Conner suggests that there were other aluminum low numbered plates that year that were likely issued to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  The #1 plate to the left was spotted some years ago by Clayton Moore and it is similar in appearance to the # 3 plate.  There was discussion at the time about this plate being a Governor's plate.  Please read the article and comments on this plate.  The 1931 Governor's plate is shown here for comparison.

 


Here's the first image of a 1949 Format 9 Passenger plate.  Format 9 consists of the serial progression of 1AA0 to 9ZZ99, so both 4 and 5 character plates make up this group.  All plates measure 6 inches by 11 inches.  The photo was made available by eBay seller Jeopardyboy1.

 


Next up is this 1956 Format 8 Passenger plate.  That group consists of the serial progression of AA10 to ZZ999 — so again both 4 and 5 character plates were issued.  Later in the progression a new set of dies were used as shown on this plate.  This plate, and all full size 1956 plates, were now standardized at 6 inches by 12 inches.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this photo. 

 


Next is this 103-year old 1915 5-Star Truck plate.  Five-star being the heaviest class and toughest to find.  As mentioned in recent weeks, Jake Eckenrode assembled a very impressive display of PA's earliest issued truck plates beginning in 1914, and included the 6 years that used the star weight classification system.  

 


Next up is this 1942 R-Class Truck plate with a 43 tab.  For 1942 there were four R-class serial formats, including R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, with the plate shown here being part of last progression.  Sizing of the plates was 6 inches by 12 inches.  This plate is courtesy of Clayton Moore.

 

 


For 1947 Trucks there were the usual R through ZZ weight classes, and within the T-Class there were three serial progressions.  These included T000A, T00A0, and T0A00.  With the addition of the plate pictured here, there are now photos of all three.  Plate size in '47 was 6 inches by 11 inches. 

 


Finally we have this pair of 1953 Truck plates.  The far left plate is an R weight class with an R0A0A serial format.  This was one of six serial progressions used that year.  That photo is thanks to Peter Cohen.  The V-weight class plate was spotted in use as a YOM tag.  There were two progressions used that year, V000A, V00A0 of which this plate is part of the second.

 


Posting 9/2/2018

The old vs. the new.  Where do you stand?  I never really understood the purpose of having the words STREET ROD appear twice on the same plate.  PENNSYLVANIA and PA also both appear.  It is what it is.  The 7174 plate is a new high, and that plate still retains the sticker well.  Watch for that to change at the 7300S/R mark.  Photos from Wheels of Time show in Macungie, PA.

 


This is one of those plate types that causes heartburn for those who track number progressions and highs.  Clarion University has plate numbers starting at C/U40001 and progressing to about C/U40373.  The plate shown here is the highest photographed plate in that number series.  But wait, back in 2011 a group of outliers were identified forming a group running from C/U43045 to C/U43109.  Why the jump of 3000 plates?  I'm sure there is an explanation for this, but likely not a logical one.  The plate shown here does not appear to have a sticker well.  Thanks to Jordan Irazabal for sharing this photo.

 


Although PA's NASCAR plate program was discontinued back in 2010, their history continues to evolve.  This is the first photo of a  NASCAR 99 Carl Edwards Format 2 plate.  The easiest way to describe the 99 plate is that during the 2005 racing season the 99 logo was green, then with a sponsorship change for 2006, the 99 became red, as shown here.  Then in 2009 there was another Carl Edwards 99 plate with white numbers.  So far no Format 1 plates have been photographed.  Click the link to see more.  Thanks to Tom Perri for sharing this photo.

 


These plates are easy to recognize when they have a 4-digit number following the E/F, but not quite so easy as a vanity with the plate legend completely covered.  Anyway it's an Expeditionary Forces Veteran without the sticker well.  Thanks to Jordan Irazabal for passing this image along.

 


Here is a pair of U.S. Marine Corps Veteran plates, both without sticker wells.  The far left plate, which was spotted by Jordan Irazabal, is a new high number.  Their starting point in 2009 was 10001M/C.  In 2014 the law allowing personalized plate paved the way for the near left plate which was spotted by Kyle Goodhead.  These both are without the sticker well, so it's probably a safe bet that the small map outline will be spotted soon.

 


This version of Official Use plate is still being issued to passenger vehicles owned by state agencies other than PennDOT and Turnpike vehicles.  Those agencies have plates with their own logo.  Eventually plates, like the one shown here, will be transitioned to the state coat of arms as has already been seen on commercial type vehicles.

 


Here is a photo of a Foreign Consul plate bearing a 67 sticker.  The plate belongs to Brandon Sowers.  Up to this point I was under the impression that beginning with the 1958 plates that Foreign Consul plates were formatted as FC-1000, with a 4-digit serial, yet here is a 1967 with a 3-digit serial.  Interesting, and as I often say, it's part of what makes the hobby interesting.

 


This is a 1914 Motorcycle tag.  This is also the first year that PA issued such plates for motorcycles.  The plate is white on black porcelain, and measures 4½" by 8¼", although there were three other sizes depending on the number of digits in the serial number.  The first character in the serial number is the letter O, not a zero, although you can't tell that by looking at it.  Thanks to Jeff Hinkle for sharing this very nice plate.

 


This might look like a 1958 Sample with a 64 sticker to many, but the owner of this car is using it as his real tag.  This plate originally was on display somewhere, the owner acquired it and registered it to his car, but in short order PennDOT told him, not so quick, remove it.  Anyway, it's an interesting stretch of the YOM plate concept.

 

 


We start off this week's Truck plates with this 1915 4-Star porcelain beauty.  This plate again was part of Jake Eckenrode's wonderful display of early PA Truck plates.  Note the 4 stars on the vertical aluminum strip designating the weight class of the vehicle.  The aluminum keystone emblem contained the Makers Number which would be equivalent to the VIN number used today.  Plates measured 6" by 15¼".  Note the presence of strap slots along the top.

 


This is a 1925 R-suffix weight class Truck plate.  This was just the second year for the R through Z series, no X class was used.  The initial R-series went from R-1 to R99-999, then the R got flip-flopped to the suffix position and the series went from 1-R to 90-87R.  The suffix plates were considered overflow tags.  This plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches.  Thanks to Jeff Hinkle for sharing this very nice specimen.

 


Here is a 1929 S-Class Truck plate.  The R through Z (ZZ?) weight classes were first used from 1924 and ended after 1929 before resuming again in 1931.  The S-class would have started at S-1 and went a little higher than the plate shown here.  Thanks to ebay user Rpkdog for allowing the use of the photo.

 


This 1931 Mystery plate image was recently posted by Rick Kretschmer.  I contacted Rick and Eric Tanner for their take on the plate, as it does not fit any known 1931 format.  It should be noted that in 1931 Truck plates went back to using the R through Z prefix to indicate the weight class.  Eric offers a possible explanation where he suggests how this plate could be part of an early group of Truck plates.  Eric suggests that the plate shown here is part of a group of 1931 R-weight truck tags which were made well ahead of time using the 1930 system before the decision was made to switch to a new system for 1931 truck plates.  Click the link above to read more on this possible connection to the truck series.  Also many thanks to Rick Kretschmer for the use of the photo and for sharing his thoughts.  Check out his excellent website at http://www.ricksplates.com/.  Also many thanks to Eric Tanner for sharing his wealth of knowledge.  His website is http://www.allaboutlicenseplates.com/index.asp.

 


This 1934 Class R Truck plate is an example of formatting where the class prefix, R, is immediately followed by another letter, in this case a G.  This is the fourth of 4 four serial progressions used that year.  The other included R000A, R00A0, R0A00, where the A represents a second letter.  All such plates were 5 characters and measured 6" by 12".  Thanks again to Rick Kretschmer for the photo.

 


Posting 8/26/2018

Here's another pair of new highs recently spotted.  The far left plate was provided by Charles Sweitzer, and near left was thanks to Nick Tsilakis.  Passenger plates are issued at a much faster rate than any other plates, so the actual high, if it could be tracked, would likely change by the minute.  Once this series finally hits KZZ-9999, the next series will begin at LBA-0000.

 


Here's a new high Motor Home plate spotted by Jordan Irazabal.  This plate represents a change in that it does not appear to have a sticker well, nor does it have the map outline.  A number of plates types have have been documented with these 'in-between' characteristics.  Likely the next plate run will have the map outline which may have to wait until HH-73000.

 


This Permanent Trailer plate was recently snapped on the road by Jordan Irazabal.  Again this plate is a new series high.  The small map outline was first spotted a year ago.  The Perm-Trailer plate type dates back to 1997, on the blue base series starting at PT-00000.

 

 


This is a vanity version of a Blue Moon Cruisers Rod & Custom Association.  I apologize to Bruce Bufalini who actually took this picture a couple years ago, but the photo never got posted at the time.  This organization's plate program dates back to 2013.  

 

 


This U.S. Army Veteran plate was recently spotted by Bruce Bufalini.  Note that this plate has the latest features of the map outline in place of the sticker well.  This change was first documented on April 1st of this year.  It may be worth mentioning that in addition to the plate shown here, PA offers an Army Reserve plate that is part of the organizational plate program, but I don't think any have been issued in awhile.  There is also a newer U.S. Army (Active Duty) plate available.

 


This new high U.S. Military Airborne Units plate was photographed by Bruce Bufalini.  While the picture is recent, the plate still has the sticker well.  This series goes back to 2013 with the series starting at 20001M/A.  A plate check suggests that plates up to 20477M/A have been issued.

 

 


I don't put a lot of focus on these off-road vehicle plates.  While they are state-issued, and are the same size as motorcycle plates, they come under DCNR or the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rather than PennDOT.  This plate is an ATV Class 2.  Class 2 has a width which exceeds 50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 1200 pounds.  Class 1 would be 50 inches or less, and 1200 lb. or less.  This plate is the first photo of a Format 4 with a serial sequence of 0X000 to 9Z999.   

 


This 1929 Format 5 Passenger plate caught my attention.  Clayton Moore had this plate on ebay recently.  Early Passenger plates were all numeric, but beginning in 1924 the use of an alpha character became necessary.  Unlike today's Passenger plates that are all 7 characters, in the '20s, the alpha-numeric plates started with A-1 making such plates very collectible and tough to find. 

 


Another needed plate was a 2-digit 1931 Passenger plate.  Eric Tanner came to the rescue with this very fine # 25 plate.  That series started at 1 and progressed to 99999, after which several different alpha-numeric formats were utilized to accommodate the growing number of registrations.  Plates up to 4 characters measured 6" by 10", while 5-character plates were 6" by 12".

 


Here is a 1932 Format 3 Passenger plate.  That serial group runs from 0A to 9Z999, which amounts to 2, 4, and 5-character plates.  This 5-character plate measures 6" by 12" while all of shorter serial numbers would have been on 6" by 10" bases.  Click the link to also see a 2-character plate.  Thanks to ebay user Jpaiewons for the use of the photo.

 


If you guessed 1926 Tractor, you are correct.  The E-prefix is the giveaway — from 1914 up thru 1927 an E in the first position meant engine or traction engine, an early term for Tractor.  After 1927 the E was needed in the passenger series and was replaced with TE up through 1933.  This plate measures 6" by 13", and is one of three plate sizes used that year.  Thanks to Tim Gierschick for the photo.

 


This next photo of a 1951 Tractor plate requires no guesswork.  Beginning in 1934 and continuing to the end of such plates, the word TRACTOR always appeared.  For 1951 the plates were 6 inches by 11 inches in size.  As for serial numbers, there was an all-numeric series from 0001 to 9999, after which a letter was added beginning with A000, or in this case an L followed by 3 digits.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this photo. 

 


The final Tractor plate is this 1953 Format 2.  This plate used the alpha-numeric format beginning at A000 and progressing into the M series.  The layout and legend is similar to the plate above; however, the size has been reduced to 6 inches by 10¼ inches.  This was done by shrinking the width of the east and west map borders.  Again thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of his plate picture.  

 


This 1915 2-Star Truck plate fills one of the gaps in early truck tags.  The 2-star weight class is depicted on the vertical aluminum strip on the left side of the plate.  Much thanks to Jake Eckenrode for his outstanding display of early Pennsylvania truck plates at the ALPCA Convention.  Watch for more in future weeks.

 


Here is a 1924 R-Class Truck plate.  This was also the first year that the R through Z weight class designation was used.  X was reserved for Dealer plates.  Those letters in the prefix position designate the plate for truck use.  It should be noted that for the R-class only, there were some overflow plates that had the R in the suffix position.  No other truck plate legend was used.  In addition to the letter prefix, the serial number could be 1 to 5 digits.  Plate length also depended on the number of digits and could be 6" by 10", 12" or 15".  Passenger plates, on the other hand, were mostly all-numeric, with a smaller number using a series from A-1 to about A-46000.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this photo.

 


Next up is this S-Class 1926 Truck plate.  Again no legend indicating truck, just the prefix letters of R through Z (no X class), with some R-suffix overflow plates.  Plate length again depended on the number of digits and could be 6" by 10", 12", 13 or 15".  The plate shown measures 6" by 13".  Again thanks go to Clayton Moore for the use of his plate photo.

 


Posting 8/19/2018

This Passenger plate may not quite be the latest high, but it's close.  This plate was recently spotted by Charles Sweitzer in York County.  Not long ago KVF-5188 was spotted by Bruce Bufalini but he was not able to get a picture.

 

 


The far left plate is more or less a predecessor of the newer plate.  Both of these are recent photos; however, the far left plate was part of a short run of Official Use plates issued around 2011 where the word Commercial was mistakenly used in place of Official Use.  That happened because the plate was part of the Official Use plates intended for commercial (truck) type vehicles.  This plate was on a PennDOT truck.  The newer style plate, also spotted on a PennDOT truck, is part of the current initiative to allow agency specific plate logos for departments within state government.  So far there are PennDOT plates with a T-suffix, Turnpike Commission plates with a U-suffix and generic plates with a B-suffix with the coat of arms.  These suffix letters, T and U, are also used in the prefix position on non-commercial vehicles.  No word on others state department or agencies embarking on their own plate program.

 


This high number La Roche College plate was recently spotted on the road by Bruce Bufalini.  La Roche College is located in suburban Pittsburgh.  Their license plate program has been active since 2013.  There may actually be around 75 plates registered.

 

 


Here's a very low catchy number Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran plate spotted by Nick Tsilakis.  Plates, such as this one, with numbers under 100 are considered 'reserve issue', which usually means a group of low numbered plates are made available to those with some distinction or perhaps played a roll in the creation of the plate.  A similar process exists with organizational plates allowing the first order of up to 100 to be designated by the local plate program administrator.  The current reported high is 04817I/F.

 


Plate mystery — in 2000 all blue-base Bus plates were replaced on a number for number basis.  The numbers ranger from BA10000 to BA47999.  I even have an old PennDOT document that confirms this.  Those replacement plates did not use a separator between the BA and the serial number.  Then plates that were issued on newly registered buses were from the next series starting at BA-48000 and did use a dash separator.  The BA-48006 is formatted as expected.  Then how does the plate 100 numbers higher not have the dash?  Does someone has a definitive answer to this?  The BA48106 plate is thanks to Clayton Moore and Rick Kretschmer.

 


Point of information: Generally the historic plates on this page are shown in alphabetical order, so Passenger, Trailer, Truck, etc.


These are both 1930 Passenger plates.  The far left plate is part of the Format 2 group which ran from a single letter A to Z9999, so 1 to 5 characters.  Finding examples of all of those is nearly impossible, but the plate history page now has 3 of the 5 Format 2 variations.  The RR720 is part of Format 7 which includes the progression of AA to ZZ999.  The history page now has examples of all 4 variants.  Plates up to 4 characters were 6" by 10" and 5 character plates were 6" by 12".  The owner of the first plate wished to remain anonymous, while the RR720 plate is thanks to Vic Baker.

 


Moving forward to this 1931 Format 3 Passenger plate which was part of the series that ran from 0A to 9Z999.  Again plates up to 4 characters were 6" by 10" like the plate shown here.  5 character plates measured 6" by 12".  This plate is being shown with permission from ebay user Donovan1998. 

 


This 1935 Format 1 Trailer plate and 1942 Format 2 Trailer plate came from Tim Gierschick.  Both plates measure 6" by 12"; however, the plate layouts are very different.  For 1935 there were two formats, 1 to 9999, then A1 to Z999.  Then for 1942 there were three formats, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, and 0A00 to 9Z99.

 


It's not the same as seeing Jake Eckenrode's one-of-a-kind early PA truck plate display in person.  Click the link to see the full display which featured all five weight classes for each year from 1914 through 1919, in other words, every year that identified weight classes with stars.  This 1914 Truck plate is a 5-star, for the heaviest weight class.  The 4 and 5 star plates are particularly difficult to collect. 

 


Not nearly as noteworthy as the plate above, nevertheless this 1952 S-Class Truck plate helps to fill one of the serial progressions.  For 1952 there were five serial formats including S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA and S0AA0, with this plate being part of the fourth group.  All plates that year measured 6" by 10¼".

 


Here's an S-Class 1955 Truck.  Again for this year there were five serial formats including S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0, same as was used for 1952 above.  Classes ran from R to Z for 2-axle trucks and RZ to ZZ for 3-axle trucks.  Again all plates in '55 measured 6" by 10¼", this being the last year before plates were standardized at 6" by 12".  If this photo looks weird, the bottom of the plate was concealed by the truck bumper.

 


This is a 1958 - 63 ZZ-Class Truck plate.  The ZZ class is the heaviest 3-axle truck class, although there were 4-axle truck plates as well.  This plate does have a tab slot.  I previously posted another '58 ZZ-class plate without the slot.  Early plate had them and later ones did not.  Of course the slots were never used, instead annual stickers were issued to revalidate the plate.  This plate belongs to Drewski and is currently up for grabs on ebay.

 


Posting 8/12/2018

Here's a newer AFSCME Council 13 plate.  Unlike the previous lower numbered plates shown on this site, this one no longer has has the sticker well.  Next change would be the addition of the map outline.  It's very difficult to know when, or at what point in the sequence, these changes occurred.  These organizational plates are produced on a made-to-order basis and are not held in inventory.  Thanks to Jaska Börner for the use of this photo. 

 


Here is a pair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. plates.  This organizational plate type dates back to 2012. The far left plate was spotted recently by Jeff Lawson, while the near left plate was photographed a while back by Jordan Irazabal.  The current high is 00253D/S

 


Here's the first image of a Girl Scouts of the USA vanity plate.  As a point of information, vanities on organizational  plates are only available where the logo is flat screened.  They are not available on the www base with an embossed logo.  The Girl Scout plate program dates back to 2008. 

 

 


This appears to be the latest edition of a Fraternal Order of Police plate, and judging by the plate number, it appears to be a vanity.  The current reported high is F/P21692.  That would be quite a jump to F/P78106.  This plate was recently spotted by Bruce Bufalini.

 

 


This PA State Nurses Association plate was recently photographed by Jeff Lawson.  The current high is R/N00126, but that occurred back in 2013.  That organization announced a new logo in 2015, but so far no plates have been spotted with the new symbol.

 

 


Here are two Syracuse University Alumni Assn plates.  This type has been around since 2009.  The far left plate was provided by Steve Ondik in early 2017 but never got posted.  In spite of his loss, his efforts to support the plate hobby live on.  The near left plate is the latest high and was spotted recently by Jordan Irazabal.

 


This Severely Disabled Veteran plate is not a new picture, but believed to be the most current design.  It was shared with me in July of 2017 by Ryan Battin, but didn't get posted till now.  Adding this plate also prompted me to update the formatting sections to separate where the sticker wells were discontinued on newer plates as seen here.  The sticker wells had been in the upper left corner.  There is no indication that these plates will use the small map outline.

 


Something old, something new.  The far left plate is part of the original series of Limousine plates, which were first issued in 1990 starting with LM-10000.  This plate would have been issued at or near the end of that original period.  The early plate was provided by Lee Madigan.   On or around 3/26/2000 all Limousine plates were replaced, with the new issue starting at LM-20000.  This a new high Limousine plate.  This plate still has the sticker well.

 


Here is a very nice pair of 1971 PA State Senator plates.  Note the plates have 71 etched into the left sticker well.  These plates represent two formats with the PA in both the prefix and suffix positions to allow the senator to register two vehicles.  The 5 represents the 5th senatorial district.  These plate belonged to Jake Eckenrode and were seen at the ALPCA Valley Forge Convention.

 


Here's another beauty form Jake Eckenrode's recent display at the ALPCA Valley Forge convention.  This  1914 Truck plate is a Class 4 weight as designated by the 4 stars on the aluminum band to the left side of the plate.  Both the 4-star and 5-star plates are tough to collect.  The plate was manufactured by the Brilliant Manufacturing Co. in Philadelphia.

 


This a 1931 R-Class Truck plate.  For 1931 there was no plate legend or weight band to identify it as a Truck plate.  It can be confusing.  The R thru Z prefixes identified the vehicle as a truck; however, there were some R and S overflow plates with the weight class letter in the second position.  Truck plates always had a second letter in the serial number, and never next to the weight class letter.  Click the link to see the serial progression formats.  See also 1931 Passenger.

 


Next up is this 1938 U-Class Truck plate.  1938 was the first year for Truck plates to have the map outline as the plate border.  The word TRUCK was also part of the legend.  The first letter identified the weight class of 2-axle Trucks, and the first two letters showed the weight class of 3-axle Trucks.  There was always a second letter in the serial number.  This plate photo is thanks to Tim Gierschick.

 


This is a 1949 V-Class Truck.  These were very similar in design to the '38 plate above except for the addition of the expiration date..  The '49 V-class used 2 serial progressions — V000A and V00A0.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Click the link above to see photos of both variations.  This plate was on the front of a mid-size truck at a recent truck show in Macungie.

 


Here is a pair of 1950 Truck plates representing the U-weight class and the W-class.  The U-class used 4 serial formats of which this plate is part of the last progression.  The W-class, being on heavier truck, used only a single serial progression.  These plates also measures 6" x 11".  Thanks to Peter Cohen for the use of his plate photos.

 


 

 

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