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John McDevitt, Walnutport, PA

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Apportioned (Truck)

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Motor Vehicle Business

Steel Worker

Apportioned (Bus)

Foreign Consul (Includes Consular)

Municipal

Suburban

ATV Dealer

Governor

Municipal Motorcycle

Superior Court

Auto Manufacturer

Handicapped Person / Person w/ Disability

National Guard

Supreme Court

Bus (BA & O prefix) (also see Omnibus)

Hearing Impaired

Official Use

Taxi

Bus (H prefix)

House Car / Motor Home

Omnibus (OB prefix)

Tractor

Circus Carnival Truck

Implement of Husbandry

Passenger

Tractor Dealer

Civil Defense

Judiciary

Permanent Trailer

Trailer

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart)

Legislative

Press Photographer

Trailer Dealer

Commercial Implement of Husbandry

Limousine

Repair / Service Towing

Transporter

Commercial Motorcycle

Lincoln University (Official)

Repossessor

Truck

Commonwealth Court

Liquid Fuels Permit

Salvage Yard

University of Pittsburgh (Official)

Consular (see Foreign Consul)

Mass Transit

School Bus

U.S. Congress

Dealer

Moped

School Vehicle

U.S. Senate

Dealer-Farm Equipment

Moped Dealer

Snowmobile Dealer

Validation Stickers

Dealer-Multi Purpose

Motorbike

Special Event

Watercraft Trailer/Dealer

Dept of Hwys

Motorboat

Special Mobile (Equipment)

 

Emergency Vehicle

Motorboat Dealer

Special Organization

 

Farm Truck

Motorcycle

State Representative

 

Passenger plate lookup by year -> 

 

If you have Pre-State plates or photos, I'd be happy to post them. 

In the meantime check Eric Taylor's Website, Porcelain Plates.net or http://www.porcelainplates.net/

Pre-State Passenger, beginning in 1903

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

1903, this was the first year for pre-state plates.  County issued.

Pennsylvania passed legislation as early as 1903 requiring automobiles to display a rear registration number. Pennsylvania did not issue plates until 1906, so earlier plates are referred to as pre-state plates. The registration process was handled at the county level, while the vehicle owner was responsible for placing the assigned number on the rear of the vehicle. Many used leather tags and fastened numbers as shown here. These 1903 Pre-State tags are from Berks County and were provided by Tim Gierschick. Information on the 46 tag is unknown, but the 47 has provenance.  See below.

 

 

1903 Registration Form   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1904 treasure's receipt for the license fee to operate the vehicle.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1903 Olds Mobile Manf Co, photo caption reads:

First Automobile

in Fleetwood Pa.

A. K. Seaman, owner

1903 License # 47

 

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Philadelphia County issued

White on blue, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

 

 

 

1904 Pre-State, city or county issued

Black on white, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


State Museum

 

Images

 

added

 

3/5  

 

1905 Pre-State, city or county issued

White on red, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

from Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum

 

 

1906 Pre-State, city or county issued

Dark blue on yellow, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

John Willard/John Anshant plate

 

 

 

 

Passenger Plates

This page is a new endeavor.  When this website was started almost 15 years ago, I never planned to do anything but current plates.  As that goal became reachable, the site was expanded to several groupings of older plates.  And so it continued to grow until almost every type except older passenger and trucks was included.  That said, I'm going to need much help and many photos.

Passenger, 1906 to present

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

1906, this was the first year for state-issued plates.

All plates were white on dark blue porcelain.  Serial numbers from 1 to over 13000.  PENNA over 1906 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1906 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich also known as Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

These #6  plates are the oldest surviving state-issued Pennsylvania plates known to exist. It all started off by getting an email from the then-owner of this plate pair in Florida. Unfortunately I no longer have his name. The story he related to me at the time was that many years ago his father picked up these plates at an antique dealer in Quakertown (PA). I don't know what he paid for them. Eventually the plates went to the son in Florida who decided he wanted to sell or auction them. He contacted me to see if there was a way to look up who the original owner was. Thru the help if fellow ALPCA member Jake Eckenrode, it was determined that the plates were issued to a Charles Henry Nadig of Allentown. The Nadig family were Swiss immigrants with a flare for creating some of the earliest horseless carriages. In fact Henry Nadig is credited in a Wiki article that one of his vehicles may be the oldest American made gasoline powered automobile that still exists. There were other Nadig generations in this family such as Henry Charles Nadig. So the plates were auctioned and as I recall fetched $21,000 thru an auction run by ALPCA member Jeff Minard. Since that time the plates have been separated. I recall seeing one of these plates in person at the ALPCA convention in Erie in 2009.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 8"

Format 4, 10000 to before 11516, 6" x 10"

Format 5, Before 11516 to over 13000 , 6" x 10", with larger strap slots.

Format 1

 


from Tim Gierschick

Note the difference in the spacing of the 6 on the two plates.

Format 2

from black19821


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 4

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1907

Plates were white on red porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 20000.  PENNA over 1907 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1907 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 8"

Format 4, 10000 to almost 20000, 6" x 10"

 

Format 1

from Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


from Tim Gierschick/Swiegart Museum


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

Sweigart Museum via Eric Conner

 

Format 4

from Don Bucchi

 

 

1908

Plates were black on yellow porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 25000.  PENNA over 1908 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1908 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 8"

Format 4, 10000 to almost 25000, 6" x 10"

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

Format 3

from Drew Steitz

 

 

Image added 3/19

 

Format 4

from Don Bucchi

 

 

1909

All plates were black on white porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 34000.  PENNA over 1909 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1909 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to unknown, 6" x 8"

Format 4, some 4-digit plates, 6" x 10"

Format 5, 10000 to over 34000, 6" x 10"

 

 

 

 

Note that some 4-digit plates use the 6" x 8" base while others use the 6" x 10" version.  

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Eric Conner

 

Format 3

unknown

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

Clayton Moore plate

 

 

1910

Plates were white on dark blue porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 33000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1910 on left side of plate.  Bolt holes at corners; strap slots at top corners.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14" 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

from Don Bucchi

 

Format 4

AACA Museum

 

Format 5

AACA Museum

 

 

1911

Plates were black on yellow porcelain.  Beveled edges were present on many higher numbered plates and replacement plates.  Serial number from 1 to over 43000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1911 on left side of plate.  Bolt holes at corners; strap slots at top corners.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14" (some with beveled edges)  

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/5  

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

Sweigart Museum via Eric Conner

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1912

Plates were white on wood-grain porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to nearly 59000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1912 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

Format 5

John Anshant & John Willard plate

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

 

1913

Plates were white on green porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to nearly 80000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1913 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA.

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13", some but not all plates mostly in the 10000 to 19000 series were re-fired over 1912 plates.  The 18596 plate shown here is an example.

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14" 

Makers Number

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 2/26 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Format 5

John Anshant & John Willard plate


from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

 

 

 

 

1914

Plates were white on black porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to nearly 115000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1914 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA.

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 to 39999 reserved for truck series with space for weight class band to the left of the legend, 6" x 15". Some plates from this series were issued to cars and did not have weight strip attached.

Format 6, 30000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

Format 7, 100000 and above, 6" x 15"

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

Runkle's Notary

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

Format 4

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

Format 5

 

 

Format 6

from eBay user ouily2013


John Anshant & John Willard plate

 

 

Images

 

added

 

2/26

 

Format 7

 

 

 

1915

Plates were white on sky blue porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to over 160000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1915 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 to 29999 reserved for truck series with space for weight class band to the left of the legend, 6" x 15".  Some plates from this series were issued to cars and did not have the weight strip attached.

Format 6, 30000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

Format 7, 100000 and above, 6" x 15"

It has long been noted that some plates have raised numbers and no period after PENNA, while others have sunken numbers and a period after PENNA.  Sunken numbers are first reported in the 56000 series, and then were seen off and on.  At this point no attempt will be made to further parse this mystery.

Thanks to Ned Flynn and Eric Tanner for their assistance.

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/5  

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

State Museum

 

 

Image added 3/5  

 

Format 4

John Anshant & John Willard plate

 

Format 5

 

 

Format 6

 

 

Format 7

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1916

Plates were black on orange painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 230000.  On left side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1916 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 11"

Format 2, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 10000 to 19999, & 30000 and above, 6" x 16"

(20000 to 29999 were reserved for trucks)

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/5  

  

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

from Jeff Hinkle


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Images

 

added

 

3/5   

 

1917

Plates were white or light cream on brown painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 300000.  On left side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1917 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 11"

Format 2, 1000 to 1999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 2000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

Format 4, 100000 and above , 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Images

 

added

 

3/5   

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Image added 3/5 

 

Format 3

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Image added 3/5 

 

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Image added 3/5 

 

 

1918

Plates were white on black painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 367000.  On left side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1918 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1000 to 99999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100000 and above, 6" x 16"

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


John Willard & John Anshant plate

 

 

Images

 

added

 

3/5 

Format 2

State Museum

 

 

Image added 3/5

 

Format 3

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Image added 3/5

 

 

1919

Plates were red on black painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 450000.  Legend has moved to right side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1919 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1000 to 99999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100000 and above, 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Unknown format

from Kettering Enterprises

 

 

Image added 3/26

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


John Willard & John Anshant plate


John Willard & John Anshant plate

 

 

Images

 

 

 

added

 

 

 

3/5 

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle


State Museum

 

 

Image added 3/12 

 

 

 

Image added 3/5

 

Format 3

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Image added 3/5

 

 

1920

White on dark blue, serial 2 to over 525-000, legend PENNA and 1920 along bottom, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 20-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 and above , 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Format 1

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Image added 3/12 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/12 

 

Format 3

from State Museum

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

Format 4

from Drew Steitz

 

 

Image added 3/12 

 

 

1921

Black or dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to over 630-000, legend PENNA and 1921 along bottom flanked by small keystones, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 20-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 and above , 6" x 16"

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/12 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

 

1922

Brown on cream, serial 2 to over 764-000, legend PENNA and 1922 along bottom flanked by small keystones, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 to over 764-000, 6" x 16"

 

It is unknown why three plates with the same serial number would have been issued.

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 Image added 3/19

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

3 plates w/ same number

from John Willard

from John Willard

from John Willard


Runkle's Notary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

 

1923

Yellow on dark blue, serial 2 to over 985-000, legend PENNA and 1923 along bottom flanked by small keystones, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 to 852-394, 6" x 16"

Format 5, 883-073 to over 985-000, 6" x 15"

Many plates with dash separators are above the mid-line, while others are at the mid-line.  There are two different locations for strap slots in the Format 4 and Format 5 plates.  Format 4 plates are are closer to the bolt holes; Format 5 are closer to the corners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


unknown source

 

 

 Image added 3/19 

 

 

 

Image added 3/12

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

America on Wheels


Runkle's Notary

 

 

Images

 

added

 

3/12

 

Format 5

 

 

 

1924

Dark blue on yellow, , serial 2 to 1-000-000, then A1 to over A-45000, legend PENNA and 1924 along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Some plates had strap slots.  This was the final year for slots.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999, 6" x 15"

Format 4, 1-000-000, 6" x 17"

Format 5, A-1, A-2, etc., 6" x 15" (It is unknown if low number plates, e.g. A-1 were 6" x 15".)

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

Upper right corner area is pre-punched or scribed to allow strap slot

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 Images

 

added

 

3/19 

Format 2, w/ strap slots

from Tim Gierschick


Format 2, w/o strap slots

from Tim Gierschick

 

Images

 

 

added

 

 

3/19 

 

Format 3, w/ strap slots

America on Wheels

 

 

Image added 3/19 

 

Format 4

Sweigart Museum

 

 

Image added 3/19 

 

Format 5

 

 

 

1925

Yellow on dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A1 to over B57-000, legend 1925 and PENNA and along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 999 + 2 & 3 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, + 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, + 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 to 999-999, + 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

Alpha characters were the same size as numeric characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/26 

Format 2

from Drew Steitz

 

Image added 3/19 

 

Format 3

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Image added 3/19 

 

Format 4


Format 4 alpha-numeric

from Tim Gierschick

 

Image added 3/19 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 3/26 

 

 

 

1926

Dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to 999-999, then A to over D65-000, legend 1926 and PENNA and along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 999 + 1 to 3 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, + 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, + 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 to 999-999, + 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

Beginning in 1926, alpha characters were now smaller than numeric characters.

 

Format 1, Good Roads

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/26  

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/26  

 

Format 4

 

 

 

Image added 3/26

 

Alpha formats

 

 

 

1927

Yellow on dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A1 to over D62-000, legend 1927 and PENNA and along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999 + 2, 3 & 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999 + 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999 + 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/26  

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/26 

 

 

Format 3

 

 

 

Image added 3/26 

 

Alpha formats

 

 

 

1928

Dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A1 to over E24-000, etc., legend PENNA and 1928 along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999 + 2, 3 & 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999 + 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999 + 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

The plate shown to the right is 6"x 15" and believed to be a test plate, and is made of aluminum.

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Chuck Sakryd


from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Images

 

 

 

 

 

added

 

 

 

 

 

3/26 

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image added 3/26

 

Format 3


Format 3 test

from John Willard

 

Alpha formats

 

 

 

1929

Yellow over dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A-1 to over F19-000, etc., legend 1929 then PENNA along top border flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 – 9-999 + 2, 3 & 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999 + 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999 + 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

 

 

Format 2

AACA Museum

 

Format 3

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 1 Alpha

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format  3 Alpha

 

 

 

1930

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1930 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z99999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Format 8 - 0AA00 to 9ZZ99

Format 9 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 10 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Unknown if all formats were used.

Format 7

from John Willard

 

 

1931

Yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA then 1931 along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z99999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Unknown if all formats were used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Clayton Moore

Governor's plate or not? Probably just the #1 Passenger plate of 1931.  Read the article and comments on this plate.

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

from Deb Kaczmzr

 

Format 5

 

 

Format 6

 

 

Format 7

from John Willard

 

 

1932

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1932 along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z99999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Format 8 - 0AA to 9ZZ99

Unknown if all formats were used.

 

 

 

 

1933

Yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA then 1933 along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z99999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Unknown if all formats were used.

 

 

 

 

1934

Dark blue over yellow over, legend 1934 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 9999, 6" x 10"

Format 2 - 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 3 - A to Z999, 6" x 10"

Format 4 - A1000 to Z9999, 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 0A to 9Z99, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 1A000 to 9Z999, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 00A to 99Z9, 6" x 10"

Format 8 - 10A00 to 99Z99, 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 10 - 100A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 11 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 12 - AA to ZZ99, 6" x 10"

Format 13 - AA100 to NH999, 6" x 12"

Format 12

from John Willard

 

 

1935

Yellow over dark blue, legend 1935 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 9999, 6" x 10"

Format 2 - 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 3 - A to Z999, 6" x 10"

Format 4 - A1000 to Z9999, 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 0A to 9Z99, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 1A000 to 9Z999, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 00A to 99Z9, 6" x 10"

Format 8 - 10A00 to 99Z99, 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 10 - 100A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 11 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 12 - AA to ZZ99, 6" x 10"

Format 13 - AA100 to NH999, 6" x 12"

Additional formats of 1AA0 and 1AA00 may have been used.

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 7

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 12

from John Willard

 

Format 13

From Jeff Hinkle

 

 

1936

 

 

 

 

1937

 

 

 

 

1938

 

 

 

 

1939

 

 

 

 

1940

 

 

 

 

1941

 

 

 

 

1942

 

 

 

 

1943

These tabs were issued in lieu of regular plates to save steel during the war years and were to be bolted over top of the 1942 plates. The plates measured 1⅞ by 2⅛, were made of steel, painted red, had 43 painted black and embossed with the 4 and the 3 to the left and right of the bolt hole. Below the 43 was the expiration date of 3-31-44 , below that etched into the tab was a serial number of up to 6 digits or an alpha character and up to 5 digits.

from John Walters

 

 

1944

 

 

 

 

1945

     

 

1946

 

 

 

 

1947

 

 

 

 

1948

 

 

 

 

1949

 

 

 

 

1950

 

 

 

 

1951

 

 

 

 

1952

Various 4 and 5 character permutations and combinations, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 1952, then PENNA across top then PA, EXP. 3-31-53 in top border.  Early plates measured 6" x 11", later plates were 6" x 10.

Plate to the right is a sample.

 

Sample

from John Willard

 

 

1953

 

 

 

 

1954

Interesting 3-digit plate.

from Charlie Metz

 

 

1955

 

 

 

 

1956

 

 

 

 

1957

 

 

 

 

1958 - 1964

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, PA embossed across top center, then tab slot on early plates, then 58 embossed upper right, small embossed keystone separator in center of plate between the third and fourth characters of 6 character plates, plate valid without sticker until '59.  There were variations on the reverse color.  A few plate were steel instead of aluminum.  Certain letter were not used.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9H9-999

Format 5 - Reserve issue.  A series of 4 and 5 character plates were also issued without the keystone separator - 1001 to 99999, A000 to Z9999, 000A to 9999Z, AA10 to ZZ999, 00AA to 999ZZ. 00000, A0000, 0000A, AA000, 000AA

Format 1

Drew Steitz plate

 

 

Image added 2/26 

Format 2

Drew Steitz plate

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

Format 3

 

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

Format 5

 

 

Image added 2/26

Sample

 

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

 

1965 - 1970

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA embossed across top, embossed keystone separator in center of plate between left and right grouping of characters, undated in '65 then later plates issued and revalidated with stickers.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9Z9-999

Format 5 - 00A-000 to 00U-000

Format 6 - Vehicle code permitted FCC radio & TV call signs

Format 6 FCC radio call sign

Magee Family display

America on Wheels

 

 

Image added 3/5 

 

1971 - 1976

Yellow on dark blue, PENNSYLVANIA embossed across top, BICENTENNIAL STATE '76 embossed across bottom, sticker wells upper left and right corners, embossed symbol of Liberty Bell in center of plate between left and right grouping of characters.  Early plates had 71 etched in left sticker will.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999*

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z*

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9Z9-999*

Format 5 - 00A-000 to 00Z-000

Format 6 - 000-A00 to 000-H00

*Initially T, W, X not used, then subsequently used.

 

 

 

1977 - 1984, renewable to 2000

Dark blue on reflective yellow PENNSYLVANIA embossed across top, KEYSTONE STATE embossed across bottom, large embossed keystone outline in center, sticker wells upper left and right corners.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9Z9-999

Format 5 - AAA-000 to about GKY-744 *

Vanity

from Lee Madigan

 

 

1983 - 1987, renewable to 2002

Yellow on dark blue, 'You've Got a Friend in' embossed across top, Pennsylvania embossed across bottom, large solid embossed keystone in center, sticker well lower left corner.

HAA-000 to RWP-255. *

 

 

 

1987 - 2000, renewable to 2002

Yellow on dark blue, KEYSTONE STATE embossed across top, PENNSYLVANIA embossed across bottom, small embossed keystone in center, sticker well lower left corner.

SAA-0000 TO ZZZ-999

Change to small keystone

AAA-0000 to CEG-3865 *

 

 

 

1999 - 2004, renewable to present

Dark blue on white with fading bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, DAA-0000 to FYC-9994, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and WWW.STATE.PA.US along bottom; image at right is first of this base issued. 

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

2005 - 2017 renewable to present

Dark blue on white with solid bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, GBA-0000 on to current high, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and visitPA.com screened across bottom; image at right is first of this base issued. 

 

from Bruce Sakson

 

 

2017, pending

By the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, PennDOT says they will begin issuing these. They look similar in design to the current plate but the sticker well where validation stickers were placed has been removed and the outline of a Pennsylvania map has been put it its place.  This is a prototype image.

 

 

* Some statistical date thanks to Eric Tanner.

 

 

 

 

 

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