This exceptionally nice street shot was
taken by Donald Harman. While it is not the current high, it is a great
image of this latest format
Prisoner of War plate.
In speaking with the owner, Donald reports it was suggested that the series
would be discontinued by the state. As long as we place members of the
armed forces in harm's way, I would hope we could recognize those who have
endured and survived such an extreme hardship. What a story this recipient
Here's a U.S. Navy Veteran
vanity plate. This plate still retains the sticker well. The BT2
likely stands for Boiler Technician Petty Officer 2nd Class. This plate
series dates back to 2009, but the vanity option did not become available until
later. Spotted this one myself.
This World War II Veteran
plate photo was snapped by
Bruce Bufalini, and is also a new
high, and much like the POW plate above, very few such plates are issued today.
In fact, plate check indicates that W/W03226 is
currently the highest issued plate. Since this plate has never been
updated, it seems logical that this one could be discontinued in the not too
distant future. Same could be said for the
Here's the latest in Emergency Vehicle
plates, just arrived this week from PennDOT. This is part of the upper
tier plates that started at EV-50000. These plates added the map
outline at EV-71000. It's nice to see that everything on these plates but
the state is
still embossed. To see the early history on these
plates dating back to 1977
Here is another new high. This Therapy Dogs
United plate was recently spotted by
Bruce Bufalini. Vanity check
shows the registered high as 00063T/D.
This plate still has the sticker well but no evidence of a sticker. Their
plate program was approved in 2010, and the plates still appear to be available. The
organization is located in Erie, PA.
Here is a prototype image of a Tall Cedars
of Lebanon plate. This is a computer generated vinyl image of what
the actual plate will look like except for the area where the 5-digit embossed
serial number will go. These are presented to the organization for their
approval of the plate design. The image shown here does not represent a
change to the plate. Thanks to Paul Bagnarol for the image.
Here's the latest sample plate from Virginia Tech, now
with the map outline. Virginia Tech's plate program dates back to 2006,
with over 400 serial-numbered plates being issued so far. Thanks to both
Brendan Sherry and Paul Bagnarol for the image.
This is a 1916 Motorcycle plate.
Motorcycle plates were first issued in 1914, even though registrations were
required starting in 1910 with homemade plates. During 1914 and '15, plates
were porcelain and used the letter 'O' as the leading character. This
plate had the lower left and right corners snipped. This was a John
Willard & John Anshant plate seen at the recent Nazareth meet.
Here we have a 1935 Trailer Sample and
a 1936 Trailer Sample.
They are similar in size at 6 by 12 inches, but have the colors reversed, and
the legend rearranged from one year to the next. Samples fill a niche for some
collectors, especially early plates. Both of these photos are from Paul
—> TRAILER PLATE ALERT!
Still need trailer plate photos for these years: 1920, '22, '23, '24, '27 &
'28. Any help appreciated.
Which plate is more collectible? The
serial numbered 1938 Trailer
plates came in two progressions 0001 to 9999 and A000 to Z999 as shown here.
We are fortunate enough to have a sample tag to go along. The A622 plate
is thanks to John Willard and John Anshant. The sample is thanks to Paul
This is a 1956 T-Weight Class Truck
plate. Class T used two serial progressions that year — T000A and T00A0.
In 1956 plates were standardized to 6 inches by 12 inches in size. Thanks
to eBay seller Brushcreekstudios for the use of the photo. Here is a link
to the listing
These are both
1956 W-Weight Class Truck
plates. The far left plate was previously posted, while the near left
plate is a new photo. The reason for showing them both is that the near
left plate is a later issue and uses what is frequently referred to as '57 dies.
Note that the plates uses different serial progressions — W000A and W00A0.
Also compare the W on both plates. The map outline base is also different.
The far left photo was provided by Jeff Lesher, and the near left photo was from
Light week, too many other time demands.
For whatever reason I never posted the
prototype image on the far left of the Lebanon Valley
College graphic plate. These date back to about 2010. The
sample plate image was provided by the the college to Paul Bagnarol. I
still need a photo of a first generation yellow on blue Lebanon Valley plate.
Yes, this is a Lehigh University
Alumni vanity plate — the first one photographed to my knowledge. It also has the
latest feature of the map outline, although this is frequently seen on vanity
plates ahead of serial numbered plates. Lehigh University's plate program
dates back to 1988.
This hot-off-the-press Thiel College plate
photo was provided by Dale Bernecker. This plate has now switched to the
map base. The previous reported high was 00126T/C which still had a
sticker. Thiel's plate program dates back to 2013. The college is
located in Greenville, Mercer County.
Couple change are evident on these La Roche plates.
First the logo on the near left plate has new colors, and La Roche College is now La Roche University.
We don't know if plates with the new format are in use yet. These plates
have also been around since 2013. Thanks to Paul Bagnarol who found this
change on their website and shared it with us.
The far left plate appears to be an unused
Equipment plate. This first generation plate with the SME
identifier in the prefix position came from Tom Firth. The near left plate
represents the next iteration, with the SME moved to the suffix position.
This plate also helps refine the series high point after which Pennsylvania
stopped using the
"You've got a friend"
font, and changed to block letters.
Click the link above to see more.
the far left is a rare sample version of a 1938 Official
plate. The near left plate is an issued plate which was previously posted.
The serial numbers appear to be part of a reserve block of numbers from the
passenger series. The range of such numbers is unknown. Thanks to
Paul Bagnarol for the sample, and to Clayton Moore for the issued plate.
Next are these 1942 Trailer
and 1944 Trailer
plates. The 1942 is a Format 3 with the letter in the second position and
the series starting at 0A00. The 1944 plate is a Format 2, which
ran from A000 to Z999. Trailer plates at the time did not exceed 4
characters until 1951 or '52. Thanks to John Willard and John Anshant for
the opportunity to photograph some of their plates.
Monuments - Gettysburg 1863 plates, both standard issue and vanity, seem
to be very popular among both collectors, and Gettysburg enthusiasts in general.
These are Special Fund plates intended to support the cleaning, repair and
restoration of the Pennsylvania monuments. They cost $56 with $23 going to
the fund, or $108 if the choice is to personalize a plate. Thank to Bill
Ceravola for the photo, and to Arthur Levine for passing it along.
While the state has not sold sample plates
for a number of years, a few manage to find their way into the hands of
collectors. Displaying such a plate is certainly better than being stashed away in a filing
cabinet never to see the light of day. This very nice
Heritage Region Jeep Alliance sample was recently posted by Brandon
Sowers. The plate program dates back to 2007, and according to the
PA Plates highs website, the high is
While were are doing samples, we have this
Berks Fire Department plate from their website. They serve the
areas of Bally, Bechtelsville and Barto in Berks County. Their plate
program dates back to 2015 with some 28 serial numbered plates registered.
It appears that their license plates are available to the public to show support
- check their website for more information.
On the far left is a personalized Bronze Star plate
somewhat hidden behind the West Point plate frame. This plate has a 5-17
sticker. Thanks to
Bruce Bufalini for the photo.
The other plate is a brand new arrival. The photo is thanks to Danny
Schell. This plate has the map outline which was first spotted on 00583.
At the recent Dubois plate meet I ran into Bruce, and met Danny Schell in person for the
first time. To the two recipients of the Bronze Star Medal,
thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
To the casual observer, it's just another
old plate, but to Tim Gierschick, this 1932 Traction Engine
(TE) plate was a great find. Traction Engine is an old, now archaic, term
for tractor. These plates are very sought after by some collectors.
While the serial number may suggest that at least 4,747 plates were made, there
is likely only a handful of plates remaining in the hobby today.
These plates measure 6 inches by 15 inches.
This appears to be an unused Transporter plate
and was provided by Tom Firth. Transporter plates date back to about 1984;
however, this was a much later issue judging by the number and sticker.
The Archives suggests that the series went at least as high as DT-03437.
Anyone have a yellow on blue
Transporter plate or photo where the word
Pennsylvania in the
This is a pair of 1921 Commercial or Truck
plates. The leading 1, regardless of the number of digits, indicates that
these are both Class 1 or Class AA plates. This also means they are from
the lightest weight class truck vehicle. Both plates measure 6 inches by
16 inches and were issued in pairs. The far left plate is thanks to eBay
user MNTCompany, and the other plate is thanks to Clayton Moore. To anyone
who finds the Commercial plates from 1920 through 1923 interesting, you may wish
to read a great article on such plates in the February 2019 issue of ALPCA's
Plates Magazine by Rob Baran.
Next is this 1951 Class S Truck plate.
For that year Class S consisted of 5 serial progressions including S000A, S00A0,
S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0. The plate shown here being part of the first group.
Plate measures 6 inches by 11 inches. Plates were issued in pairs, this
being the final year. Thanks to eBay user Brenstar1 for the photo.
This is a 1955 Class W Truck plate.
For that year Class W consisted of 2 progressions including W000A and W00A0.
The plate shown here being part of the first group. The plate measures 6
inches by 10¼ inches. Thanks to Jeff Hinkle for the use of this eBay
week I mentioned another new plate type — see
link to a news article in which the Ridley School District (Delaware County) is
offering a license plate as a fund raiser. Note that the prototype and the
sample have the stacked R/D on opposite ends of
the serial number. I'm going to suggest that the sample was made after the
prototype, and would be more likely to reflect the production plate. Thanks to Jordan Irazabal,
Paul Bagnarol, Daily Times and Ridley's website.
Here is a Gettysburg College
sample plate from Paul Bagnarol. This plate type dates back to 1999 on the
yellow on blue base. Around 2015 a new version of this plate was listed on
the visitPA base, as shown here, but unknown when the this version was first
issued. One unique feature of the Gettysburg College plate is that the
serial number was always four digits, unlike almost every other organizational
plate which uses five digits.
This is a new high number Rosedale
Technical College that was recently spotted in traffic by
Bruce Bufalini. Their plate
program dates back to 2014 when the plate legend was Rosedale Technical
Institute and used a different logo. In 2016 the legend and logo were changed to the version which
is shown here.
Here's another high photo taken on the run.
This St. Vincent Alumni plate photo was provided by
Bruce Bufalini. The St. Vincent
plate program dates back to 1992, then reissued on the www base in July of 2001.
Since that time the plate has retained its embossed logo and legend.
Here is yet another high from
Bruce Bufalini. According to the
2018 Annual Report of Registrations, these easily identifiable Person with Disability
plates are quite abundant with over 93,000 plates registered. Philadelphia
County has just shy of 20,000 plates, while Cameron County has all of 21 plates.
On the far left is the previous high Special Mobile Equipment
plate which I borrowed from Tom Perri's
webpage. On the near left is the new high from Zach Taylor. The
big difference is
the addition of the small map outline. This change likely occurred at
D500-SME or D700-SME.
This is a 1944 Format 1 Passenger
with a low number 5-digit serial. This series actually started at 1000,
and after reaching 9999, went to 10000. There were actually 9 serial
formats that year. 4 character plates measured 6" by 10", while
5-character plates were 6" by 11". This photo is courtesy of John Willard
and John Anshant.
Next is this pair of 1946 Format 1 Passenger
plates, including a 4-digit and a low number 5-digit plate. The
progression was the same at the '44 plate above, but all plates, whether 4
-digit ot 5-digit used a 6" by 11" base. Thanks to Rob Baran for the far
left photo, and to John Willard and John Anshant for the other.
Here is a very nice 1950 Passenger Sample
plate, thanks to Devan Ciemiewicz. For 1950 plates measured 6" by 11" and
there were 11 serial progressions used. I have photos of samples from 1950
almost to the present, but before 1950 I have a handful of images but there are
Pennsylvania's Commercial (Truck) plates
from 1920 to 1923 are almost like a standalone group in terms of how the weight
classifications are designated. Here we have a 1923 Class 4 or letter class C.
There were eight weight classes from AA to F, however on the plates, the first
digit designated the weight class, from 1 to 8. Here is a
link to the
item on eBay. Thanks to Joanne Subeck Crowe for the use of the photo.
The paint may be a little rough, but the
plate looks solid. The real feature of this 1951 Truck plate is the serial
number with a 2-letter prefix. The VZ indicates a 3-axle truck, meaning 1
front axle and 2 rear axles — not the same as today's tri-axle trucks. The
VZ also indicates a mid-weight since the weight classes ran from RZ to ZZ.
These 2-letter prefix truck from 1957 and earlier are very tough to find.
Thanks to John Anshant for the use of the photo.
As mentioned last week, there are 4 new
organizational plates in the works. In alphabetical order the first is
Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services. They are
headquartered in Pittsburgh. The plate formatting is
expected to be 10000P/M. No prototype
image available yet, and no plates are believed to be in use yet.
next is Peace Love
Worldwide plate. Again, no plates of this
type are in use yet, and no prototype image are available; however, this
conceptual plate image came from their website. The formatting shown in
the example, 00000P/L, appears to be correct.
Next is the
Fire Department. Royersford is a borough in
Montgomery County. The plate formatting is expected to be 00000R/F,
and vanity check suggests that there may be a half dozen or so plates on the
street. No photos or prototype images are available yet.
last of that group of four is a new plate from Valley Forge Military Academy &
College. The graphic rendition of the plate may be close to the
real thing, but from what I can determine the formatting is likely to be 30000V/F,
as several other organizations already have the V/F
suffix. Also the bottom plate legend would be condensed to fit between
where the bolt holes would be.
MorePlate News: Here is a
link to a news article in which the Ridley School District (Delaware County) is
offering a license plate as a fund raiser. More on this new plate next
week, and a prototype image. Thanks to Jordan Irazabal
and Paul Bagnarol
for the heads up.
This is a new high Share The Road
plate which is part of the Special Fund Plate series. This series had its
start in August 2016, and three years later they are still being issued with the
sticker well. This is likely due the initial batches of plates being made
with the sticker recess, and the demand for the plates has not used up the
inventory. Watch for a change at B/K00801, or sooner. Thanks to
Bruce Sakson for sharing this new plate..
This may be a new high Permanent Trailer
plate. These plates date back to 1997 on the blue on yellow base.
While they never had stickers, this plate type always had sticker wells.
That was until they were replaced by the map outline around July or August of
It's hard to believe that these two items
share a common lineage. On the far left is a very nice
4-digit 1954 Motorboat License (MBL) plate. The photo is courtesy of eBay
user Erie Antiques. On the near left is a photo I took of an awful looking
sticker with 2010 expiration. It will have to do until a better on
This is a low number 1942 Motorcycle Dealer
plate. The numerical sequence is believed to have started at 1 and
continued until at least 265. Plates measured
4½ inches by 8 inches.
Motorcycle Dealer plates were first issued in 1923. Thanks to eBay user
Jeopardyboy1 for the use of the plate photo.
This low-number 1934 Tractor plate
photo is thanks to Tim Gierschick. The serial range in 1934 started at 1
and extended to at least 4087, and all measured 6 inches by 12 inches. PA
issued tractor plates from 1914 through the 1977 - '83 issue before the series
was splitting into
Husbandry and Special
This 1937 ZZ Weight Class truck
plate is a continuation of a series of 2-letter prefix truck plates that have
been posted here over the past several weeks. As previously mentioned the
2-letter prefix indicated that the vehicle had a total of 3 axles, with the ZZ
prefix making it the heaviest class. This plate was part of a John Anshant
Here is another heavyweight truck plate —
this being a 1942 ZZ Class with a
'43 tag. For a number of reasons these 2-letter prefix plates are
hard to find, but highly sought after by truck plate collectors. This
plate was also part of a John Anshant display. If anyone knows of any of
these I appreciate hearing.
The final truck plate this week is this 1958 V Weight Class with
a '63 validation sticker, and no tab slot. I had another V-Class truck plate, but this is a
much better image. 1958 also saw an expansion in truck plates to include
new classes for 3-axle truck tractors and 4-axle trucks.