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Posting 4/13/2014

This picture perfect image of a Gettysburg Fire Department plate was provided by Bill Ceravola.




Brendan Sherry provided this image of a Team DUI / Pennsylvania DUI Association plate.




This series of Motorcycle plate images was provided by Ryan Battin.  Ryan, who is an astute observer, noticed that there were some distinct differences in fonts on these motorcycle plates.  The plates with the letter suffix (Format 5), which are also the previous series, are shown here next plates from the latest series (Format 6) with the letter prefix.  The differences are easy to see when positioned next to each other, especially the 'F', '2' and '4'.  Click on images to enlarge.


Here is what is believed to be a Flagship Niagara sample plate image from Jason DeCesare.  What makes this plate somewhat unique is the absence of the word SAMPLE as a column of text, as seen on most samples.



Jason DeCesare also provided these two images of movie prop plates.  He states that they are from the 2012 movie Won't Back Down.  For anyone not familiar with PA plates, the serial number fonts are not quite correct, also numbers should be larger than letters and the right side of the plates should be all numeric.


This mid-1980s Trailer plate was spotted behind a shopping center last weekend.  Judging by the 20 year old stickers, it's been a while since it was legal.  It's not known when it was on the road last.  I don't have a trailer plate history section on this site, but am giving it some consideration.  Check our Rick Kretschmer's RicksPlates website for good trailer plate history and images.


And finally this lonely 1956 Tractor plate picture.  This image is an addition to the alpha-numeric image previously posted.



Posting 4/6/2014

As a matter of policy I don't normally rail against PennDOT, but some of the latest changes to make all plates look alike leaves me with a strong need to speak out.  We all know that there was a problem with visibility of the Flagship Niagara plate, which resulted in that plate being discontinued.  So is it really necessary to make every plate type look like every other just to improve visibility?  And what is the purpose in having the words Collectible Vehicle twice on the same plate?

Not long ago the beautiful Save Wild Animals - Tiger plate was replaced by one of the so called 'family of plates'.  Pennsylvania is gradually transitioning from a state which had some of the most beautiful plates and replacing them with some of the most monotonous and repetitive plates in use anywhere.  Shown above is the new PA Collectible Vehicle / Collectible Vehicle plate shown along side of the version that is being discontinued.  Below is the before and after treatment of the Tiger plate.  You decide.





But wait, there's more.  You can form your own opinion of this visitPA clone replacing the older Collectible Motorcycle plate.  What's next to get replaced?



Here's a pair of new high Motorcycle plates from Ryan Battin.  Note that not only are the plates sequential, so are the serial numbers on the validation stickers.  Actually I just saw that Jordan Irazabal spotted L8988 which would make that a new high.  Here's the link to the image on Facebook.





Ryan also provided a photo of the latest high number Municipal plate.




The plate on the far left is not a real Press Photographer plate, but the serial number, PP800, does seem to come from the Press Photographer series.  It's obviously a made up plate with many departures from the real thing on the near left.  The image was sent in by Bill Houser.  The near left image is from Eric Butler.


This not a new plate on this website, rather it's an updated image of a PA Chiropractic Association plate.




Here are two more addition to the Motorcycle Section of Plate History 1.  On the far left is a '36 4-digit plate followed by a '52 3-digit plate.  These images may have come from eBay.



Posting 3/30/2014

Really!?  I realize that reconfiguring a plate from the traditional horizontal design to a vertical orientation will limit what can be done with the plate.  You can form your own opinion about the vertical Motorcycle plate.  I think visibility of the small characters could be an issue. 

This is the first image of this new vertical Motorcycle design, and was provided by Ryan Battin.  The plate formatting is M0A1C, then M0A2C, etc., making this plate the 70th in the series.  Check back next week for more on this subject.



Legislative Update — House Bill 770 has been passed and signed into law.  On 3/19 the Governor signed the bill, now Act 23 which authorizes the following:

 • The issue of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Special Registration Plates;

  Raising the vehicle weight limit on personal (vanity) and organizational plates from 10,000 lb. to 14,000 lb., and allow the use of vanity plates on Motor Homes & Trailers;

  Organizational registration plates may be personalized for a $100 fee, as well personalizing Person with Disability plates and certain veterans plates (DV & POW) for $50.

  Also makes provisions for a 70 mph speed limit on certain limited access highways.

Most of the provision take effect in 120 days (July 17, 2014) but it sounds like the speed limit change can happen as soon as roadways can be marked.  Below is a link to bill information.


Ryan Battin sent this image of a new high Teen Driver plate.  While a few more of these plate are in use, sales still appear to be sluggish.  To see all the latest highs plates from PA, go to Tom Perri's website,



Ryan also provided this new high Classic Vehicle plate image.  The older traditional purple on white Classic Car plate is no longer issued and has been replaced by this visitPA style plate.



Finally from Ryan Battin this week is this new high Vietnam War Veteran plate.




This week I received several very interesting and informative emails from a couple of Amateur Radio operators, their plates shown here.  Included is some detailed information about the formatting of call signs and the use of the -1 and -2 suffixes, and a map showing the various regions in the U.S.  In order to present as much of this information as possible, a new page has been added.  Link to Amateur Radio Information.


Here's a new high Trailer plate.  Thanks to Ryan Battin for the image.




And Grant MacKenzie shares the latest high number Passenger plate.




Several plate images have been added to the Motorcycle History section including this hundred year old 1914 5-digit plate.  Note the use of the leading 0 which was used in 1914 and '15.



Here's a very nice 5-digit 1916 Motorcycle plate.  Little by little the M/C history section is taking shape' but many images are still needed.




This 1951 Motorcycle plate shows the all-numeric version which was issued prior to the alpha-numeric plates.




In contrast to the '51 plate above, this 1953 Motorcycle plate shows the alpha-numeric format.




Posting 3/23/2014

This plate type, Gettysburg College Orange & Blue Club, just became an active plate about two weeks ago, and already we have pictures, thanks to Ryan Battin.




What do we have here?  I'm not quite sure, but I am sure the state hasn't started issuing a vanity version of the Collectible Vehicle plate.  Nevertheless it is an interesting plate, prompting lots of opinions and conjecture on the Yahoo license plate list.  By the way, the vehicle is a Dodge Viper, thus the VENAMUS plate.  The images were passed on by Arthur Levine.



Here is a pair of Antique Vehicle plates.  The plate on the far left from Clayton Moore was the new high until the plate on the near left was shared by Ryan Battin.



Clayton Moore shares this 9-13 PA0000 validation sticker.





Ryan Battin managed to get a couple sample images of the current Motorcycle plate on the visitPA base, and also an image of one of the new style Antique Motorcycle plates.  Unfortunately PennDOT no longer markets sample plates.



This 1915 Motorcycle plate is one of 16 to 17 thousand plates issued that year.  Note the use of the leading zero (0) which was used on 1914 and '15 motorcycle plates, then discontinued in 1916.  1914 and '15 were also the only years to use porcelain motorcycle plates.  The plate width varied depending on the number of characters in the plate.  This image came from eBay.  Click the link above to see a 5-digit plate.


Here's a pair of 1917 Motorcycle plates.  Again the plate width varied by the number of characters. Plate colors were white on brown.




Here's an example of a '54 Motorcycle plate.  As was typical at the time, motorcycle plates were issued annually using the number series 1 thru 9999, after which an alpha numeric series was used employing a single letter in the first position followed by 1 to 3 numbers, such as the P271 shown here.  This image may have come from eBay.  Some 23 to 24 thousand plates were issued that year. 


Posting 3/16/2014

Considering that there are only a couple of Teen Driver plates in use, this was an amazing find by Tom Perri and his entourage.




These are the first images of newly updated St. Joseph's University plate, now on the visitPA base with colored graphic logo.  All printing is now flat with the exception of the 5-digit serial number.  It would appear that plate holders were able to get their old plate number reissued on the new base.  These pictures were taken on the fly by Tom Perri.


This is the first image of a Delaware County Fallen Firefighter & EMS Memorial Committee.  Tom has done a good job of finding tough types and photographing them in difficult surroundings.  We do try to respect an individual's privacy and property rights. 

A few works about image editing.  I do edit, I do not alter images.  I do my best to portray images as realistically as possible.  This may include squaring, straightening, cropping, resizing and skewing images.  I do not create or alter images with a few exceptions.  In those few cases, such as to show an example of what a plate should look like, I have indicated that the image is a graphic depiction. 


This is a rare sighting these days and becoming rarer.  Tom Perri spotted this Pearl Harbor Survivor plate recently.




Several of us had a discussion about Pennsylvanians and their apparent lack of understanding about what the sticker well is for, and so it is with this Mount St Mary's University plate.  I've seen much worse.  Anyway, for me it's much more about the plate than the sticker.



Brendan Sherry provided this nice image of a NASCAR 18 Bobby Labonte plate.  Some of the NASCAR plates have been on the road since late 2004 / early 2005 and the NASCAR plate program ended on April 30, 2010.  While the program may have ended, many of the plates are still in use, unfortunately there are still about 17 of the 50 plus variations that have never been photo-documented.  In addition there are about 8 plate types in which no plates were ever sold.  For the sake of the hobby, I would hope that some day the full story of PA's NASCAR plates can be told.


Steve Ondik provided this image of a remake of a Passenger plate that originally would have been issued on the '91 base when the use of 7-character format (AAA-0000) came into use.  I'm guessing that the original plate would have been issued around 1995 or '96.  Keep in mind that the remakes were actually vanity plates that used a keystone separator and not an actual plate type.




There is further action in the State Senate on House Bill 770.  This bill, if passed, would bring about several significant changes to PA's registration plate program as follows:

  Authorize the issue of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Special Registration Plates;

  Raise the vehicle weight limit on personal (vanity) and organizational plates from 10,000 lb. to 14,000 lb., and allow the use of vanity plates on Motor Homes & Trailers;

  To allow organizational registration plates to be personalized for a $100 fee, as well personalizing Person with Disability plates and certain veterans plates (DV & POW) for $50.

  Also makes provisions for a 70 mph speed limit on certain limited access highways.


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