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News and postings from 2019

Posting 1/13/2019

This personalized Antique Vehicle tag was seen as part of a display at the America on Wheels Antique Auto Museum in Allentown.  The plate suggests a connection to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) located in Hershey.  The small map suggests that it is a relatively recent issue.


Couple of Blue Lodge items from Bruce Bufalini.  First, the plate shown here is from a short run of about 200 plates with embossed logos and legends on visitPA base.  These were issued around 2006.  On the next run the graphic and legend were flat.  Bruce also spotted M/B13255 with the map outline — no photo.


What's new?  It's not hard to see the difference between the old and new logos of these Children's Hospital of Philadelphia plates.  The plate with the updated logo also features the map outline.  Both plates were spotted by Tom Perri.  The changeover point is unknown.


This is a new high Juniata College plate.  This is one of those plates that came along not long after the www plates were introduced and it has remained on the same base since that time.  It appears that affiliation with the college is not necessary to purchase a plate.  The college is located in Huntingdon, PA.


The first two Lebanon Valley College plates on the far left are part of the upper tier of the www plates.  When the www plates (3 fading bands) were first issued, they were the result of the replacing the yellow on blue plates on a number for number basis.  New plates that were issued afterward were from a higher number block of L/V01000 to L/V01172.  The L/V01035 is an example of later plates issued on the visitPA graphic base.  These are not new photos, but thanks to Tom Perri they do help to fill some gaps.


Concerning the Mario Lemieux Foundation plate series, Bruce Bufalini spotted tag 01680L/F which had the map outline, but was unable to obtain a photo.  This helps to narrow the gap between those known to still have the sticker well, 01520L/F, and the plate mentioned above.


Here's a University of Notre Dame plate recently spotted by John Fedorchak.  Note that the plate no longer has the sticker well, but does not yet have the small map outline.  Plate 02646N/D, shown on Tom Perri's website still had the sticker well, so the change occurred between these two plates.  The Notre Dame plate program dates back to 1988.


This low number Seton Hill University (not to be confused with Seton Hall which is in New Jersey) plate was recently spotted by Bruce Bufalini.  The college is located in Greensburg, PA.  Their plate program dates back to 2006, and about 111 numbered plates have been issued to date.


The change to the prototype of this Shady Side Academy took place some time ago.  I blame myself for not noticing that the logo had been redesigned.  The original prototype is on the far left.  The revised prototype is in the center.  The other photo is a comparison of the two logos side by side.  Click to enlarge.  It is unknown if the redesigned plates are on the street.


*** The focus of this website has always been to keep up with newly issued PA plates, and current plates that as they go through changes.  Over the past few years this website has also focused on older plates by listing them according to type, date range, formatting, etc.  Much progress has been made, but much more work remains.  The task of finding pictures, or rare plates to photograph, in order to fill the remaining gaps, has become increasingly challenging.  As a result the weekly posting of older plates will not be as plentiful. *** 


This is a 1924 Format 3 Dealer plate.  Format 3 consisted of the sequence from X10-000 to X20-404 or above. Because the plates were 6 characters they measured 6 inches by 15 inches.  Plates with X+1, 2 or 3 characters were 6 inches by 10 inches, and X+4 plates were 6 inches by 12 inches.  This plate is courtesy of Drewski.


Dealer plates for 1926 was one of the years where the 'X' identifier could be in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position.  Plate serial numbers could be as low as X1 or 1X to a high such as shown here.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10" for 4 or fewer character and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.  Thanks to Chuck Sakryd for the use of this photo. 


Posting 1/6/2019

Here is a U.S. Air Force Veteran personalized plate.  Thanks to Arthur Levine for sharing this image.  This is the first of this plate type spotted without the sticker well.  About 2 months ago a sequentially numbered plate was spotted that had the map outline.  As I've stated on previous occasions, the evolution of plate design appears to be inconsistent at times, and frustrating to track.


The original block of numbers on this Lebanon Valley College series was believed to be L/V00001 to L/V00414, then Jeff Lawson sent me this image of a plate outside that range.  Some additional checking suggests that a block of numbers from L/V00445 to L/V00482 was also issued.  Any attempt to explain this 'number gap' would only be conjecture on my part.  Still need a photo of the first generation yellow on blue Lebanon Valley plate.


This Warwick Twp. Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 photo is not new.  It actually dates back to 2012, but it got buried in my archives until now.  The photo came from Tom Perri, who has the current Warwick high listed as 10017W/T.  A plate check shows that about 23 tags have been issued.  They are located in Bucks County.


Prior to two weeks ago we didn't even know that a Zeta Phi Alpha Sorority, Inc. organizational plate existed.  Now we have two nice photos to provide a low and a high.  Thanks to Nick Tsilakis for the #2 plate photo and to Jordan Irazabal for the #29 photo.


This is a 1958 Amateur Radio plate.  The FCC call sign is the identifier.  This one is without the tab slot, a feature that is present on the other two photos I have posted.  The tab slot is generally considered to be a part of the initial run, but dropped from later issues even though they all have 58 even if issued after that year.  Thanks to Platedog for the use of this photo. 


This is a low-number steel 1953 Motor Boat License.  Serial numbers ran from 1 to at least 28406; however, at some point in between 4251 and 9433 the plate material was changed from steel to fiberboard.  If anyone has an in-between plate, please let me know.  1953 was the only year for non-metallic plates.  Plates measure 4" by 8".  Thanks to Jeff Hinkle for the use of the plate photo.


Here is a nice 3-digit 1959 Motor Boat License plate.  Notice that the MBL designator has now been shortened to MB, not to be confused with Motorbike which ended after 1949.  Also the use of the state map outline was added in 1955.  The colors could also be confusing, but at least for 1959 they were the opposite of automotive plates.  This photo is from a John Willard display at the ALPCA convention.


This is a very nice 1958 Motorcycle Dealer plate, which may have been professionally refinished.  This was the first year for multi-year plates with the exception of the 1942 - '43 used during WW2.  The slots were never used, instead stickers were used in their place, and the plates could be revalidated through 1961.  Thanks to ebay user jeopardyboy1 for the plate photo.


This 1972 Base School Bus plate may not win any prizes for beauty, but it does provide two important pieces.  First it presents a new high in the SA-series.  Secondly, and of greater importance, this plate was photographed as part of a larger group of older Bus plates with 7-00 validation stickers.  Previously I listed that series of plates as used from 1972 to 1977.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for sharing a larger group of photos of which this plate was a part.


These are Vehicle Registration Credentials for yellow on blue Omnibus plates.  They show that Omnibus plates were issued at least as high as OB-49201 on the 1984 thru 2000 yellow on blue base.  These credentials also indicate that plates were not necessarily issued in order.  The OB47415 registration has a validation date of 2/3/2000.  The next generation of plates on the www base began issue shortly thereafter on 4/16/2000.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for sharing these and other bus-related images.


Here is a 1940 T-Weight Class Truck plate.  Class T for 1940 consisted of three serial progressions — T000A, T00A0 and T0A00.  The plate shown here is part of the first group.  All such plates used 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 12 inches.  Thanks to eBay user Pinkocelot for the use of this photo.


Next is this 1953 U-Weight Class Truck plate.  Class U plates that year used four serial formats — U000A, U00A0, U0A00 and U00AA.  The plate shown here is part of the second group.  All such plates used 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 10 inches.  Thanks to eBay user Carstuffstore for the use of the picture.



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