The plate on the far left is new version of
Forces Veteran plate. Note the partial shift to a flat plate.
It appears that only the serial number and the border are still embossed.
There is a gradual trend in the USA toward the use of flat plates. This
new plate image was provided by Brendan Sherry, the older version, shown for
comparison, was from by
Ryan Battin snapped this first image of a Bucknell University
plate on the visitPA base. This also appears to be a new high.
I don't track 'highs', it is an integral part of the hobby. For the latest
in PA highs, go to Tom Perri's PA Plates website —
http://www.paplates.com/. If PA
makes it, and it goes on the back of a vehicle, Tom tracks it.
This image of a Philadelphia
Fire Fighters' Union plate is from
Tom Perri. What's unique about this plate is that the number sequence
is out of whack. The normal sequence of numbers started at P/F20001 and
runs to about P/F20716, but this plate number jumps way ahead. For some
reason a run of plates from P/F23055 to P/F23116 was issued. Thanks to Tom
for putting this information together. While the
reason for this is open to speculation, it is certainly not the only plate type
with number sequence anomalies. I have put together a
table listing all seven known plate types where plates have been issued
with gaps in the sequence.
To see a list of plate types with needed
images and types with no active plates click here.
are not a new plates on this site but the previous images were taken thru a window
at a steep angle. Thanks to the folks at the Bike Works in Glenside for
helping me get photographs of some of their plates. The plate on the far left
is a 1926 Motorcycle, numbering started at 1 and ran up into the 14000 series.
Plate length varied by the number of characters.
The plate on the near left is a
'48 Motorcycle. The first series that year
was numbered from 1 to 9999, followed by an alpha-numeric run as seen here, with the alpha
character always in the first position, and last to advance.
As mentioned a few times over the last
several months, PA would soon be making vertical Motorcycle
plates available as an option. Many custom motorcycles today are
outfitted with vertical plate holders and owners are using standard motorcycle
plates intended for horizontal use. Thanks to Ryan Battin for the heads up
on this. I understand that the formatting will be M000C, it appears that
the M and the C will be non-advancing characters, which if so, will limit the
number of alpha-numeric combinations available. We'll see. No
vanities or Person with Disability plates will be issued.
also spotted this nice Shriners plate —
nice number. There is no indication that this organization has switched
over to the visitPA base.
This low number Emergency Medical
Services plate image was provided by Brendan Sherry. These plates
are now being issued on the visitPA base but they have retained the embossed
logo and bottom plate legend.
This number 1 U.S. Naval Academy
plate was spotted recently by Steve Noll. Ironically the same plate was
spotted by Tom Perri about two years ago. Clink the link above to see
additional plate images.
The Bike Works in Glenside PA was kind enough
to move some antique Harleys aside to help me photograph a number of older
plates including this '62 base Motorcycle Dealer with a '63 sticker.
Click the link to see images of a 2-digit, 3-digit and 4-digit dealer plates.
Check back next week for more images from
the Bike Works.
'74 Motorcycle Dealer plate I recently acquired. These plates were
only valid for one year, and had a starting number of 1000. Slowly the
number of years of needed motorcycle dealer images is being reduced, but there
are still large gaps. I have no images for the years from 1934 to 1953,
plus several other gaps. Help with images is always appreciated.
Again this week are a few more plates courtesy
of Jeff Francis.
This is a '58 base
Motorcycle plate with a 61 validation sticker. The '58 base was used
up thru '63. During this time frame 5 different formats were used.
Pictures are still needed of both formats with the 'tab slots'. The extra
holes were not part of the plate when issued.
This pair of '77 base Motorcycle
plates helps to complete examples of the four different alpha-numeric
configurations issued up thru 1985. A new base was then issued in 1985 but
the '77 base could still be used until the plate replacement in 1999 - 2000.
Jeff Francis for allowing me to use these
This Antique Motorcycle
plate image was provided by Jerry McCoy. It is also a new high. This
revised plate format was first seen around May of 2013 after the traditional
white on purple plates were discontinued.
Here's a new high Mario Lemieux Foundation plate image from Brendan Sherry.
It's tough getting clean images with this relentless winter in PA this year.
Here are a few more additions to the
Motorcycle Plate History
section. This first image is a 1951 Motorcycle plate.
After switching to a 4-character format in 1931, plates
used 1 - 9999 as the number format, then when all the numeric combinations were exhausted
they went to A - Z999; however, not all combinations were needed in 1951 with the series
likely ending in the S or T range with some 25 or 26 thousand plates being registered.
I need an image or images of plates in the 1 to 9999 series. Thanks to
Jeff Francis for allowing me to use these
1954 Motorcycle plates
followed the same basic layout and number formatting as the '51 plates with the
exception of the colors being reversed and the year. The number of motorcycles
registered would have been in the 23 to 24 thousand range, with the series
ending during the P or R run. Again
to Jeff Francis for allowing me to use this
Finally this week is this pair of '58 base Motorcycle
plates. For 1958 multi-year plates began to be issued as can be seen by
the 61 and 62 stickers. All plates issued during the 5-year run had 58
embossed. The earliest plates actually had a tab slot on the
1 - 9999 and the A - Z999
series; however, it is possible that the entire
A - Z999
series did not get used before switching to 000A series above left. It should be
noted that like passenger plates, no metal tabs were ever issued as the plates
began using validation stickers. Images of plates in the 1 - 9999,
A - Z999 and
9Z99 are needed.
to Jeff Francis for allowing me to use this
A quick note to those visiting this site. Recently I
changed computers and updated the operating system. As a result a number of
technical issues have surfaced. In addition, some minor reformatting of
pages is in the works. Please pardon any inconvenience and inconsistency,
and hopefully most of the issues will be resolved in a week or so.
Not quite the current high Repair Towing which is RT-63598, but nevertheless a
decent plate image.
Ryan to the rescue. I didn't
have much to display this week and then Ryan Battin stepped up with a bunch of
nice images including this
Disabled Veteran plate. This is latest rendition of this plate
with flat screened PENNSYLVANIA and disabled veteran. This plate is also
the current high
Ryan also provided this Disable Veteran
plate image. This is a nice example of a short run of plates that used a
keystone separator in place of the expected dash separator. All the plates
with the keystone separator have been in the DV-34500 series, while plates in
the DV-34700 series are back to using a dash.
Here's the current high on a PA Antique Historic
Vehicle plate. If you recall around August of 2013, the previous
version of this plate with a picture of a
1920 Oldsmobile Model 37 Roadster was replaced
with the words seen on the left side of this plate.
Thanks for the image Ryan.
Ryan Battin also snapped this image of a new high
Ryan also sent an image of a
12-18 validation sticker.
These multi-year stickers are used on small trailers where the owner has opted
for a 5-year registration instead of doing it annually.
Here a new high Apportioned Bus plate I spotted recently.
A reliable source once told me not to expect to ever see these plates on the
visitPA base. Apparently so many were produced on the initial run that it
is unlikely that they will run out.
Here's a recent photo of an Amateur Radio plate.
All such plates use A, K, N or W as a prefix assuming the call sign is registered in the
USA. The 3 designates the local region which includes Delaware, D.C.,
Maryland and Pennsylvania. Call signs that were brought into PA from
another country may use the foreign call sign such as VE3AA from Ontario; however, I have never seen one of these.
This is a
Passenger Vanity plate. I'm not big on vanity plates but this one
caught my attention.
This is a Motorcycle Vanity
plate on the '85 base. While vanity motorcycle plates are common today,
the first generation vanities were not nearly as
plentiful. I just bought this on eBay.
This Motorcycle plate represents a format
(0A0) not previously identified on the '63 base. It is unknown where this
plate format fits into the progression. Other plate formats include
1 - 9999, A - Z999,
000A - 999Z, 0A00 - 9Z99, 00A0 to
the end of the run in the C series. This image is from a recent eBay