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6/23/2024 Posting

The Plate of the Week award goes to our own John McDevitt for his spot of this "first-of" LVHN MedEvac plate. This site reported on May 12, 2024 that this was a new type, and about five weeks later the first live one was spotted. Thanks John!

Here's a type that is seldom spotted in the wild: Motorcycle Dealer. About nine months ago, PennDOT redesigned all of the Dealer types (including a new serial format for each plate type), issued the new plates to dealers, and recalled the old plates. This is the second sighting of this type submitted to this site on the redesigned base. For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!

Bill Koneski shares this high-quality picture of an Official Use (Non-Commercial) plate. These plates are issued to passenger vehicles owned by the Commonwealth. As the name implies, there is also a Commercial variant - see more on that type here.

Tim Gierschick sends in this picture of quite an interesting sight... a trio of 1915 Passenger plates. Back in these days, plates were issued in pairs. Our best guess is that a replacement plate was requested for some unknown reason.

Lastly, here's a great picture of the redesigned Mansfield University plate from John Clark. According to this site, this type received a refreshed logo back in 2021. Great spot, John!

6/16/2024 Posting - Happy Father's Day!

The Plate of the Week award goes definitively to Jaska Börner for his spot of this Lung Cancer Alliance plate. This site has a picture of a personalized version of this plate type, but this is the first numbered plate. It's also a new high for this type. For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page! Thanks Jaska!

Here's a neat sample or test plate for the Antique Motorcycle plate type sent in by Clayton Moore. This type started around 1969 and transitioned to the "Family of Plates" base in 2013, starting at number 01000.

Avery Merz shares this picture of a personalized Support Your Zoo plate. This is this site's first entry for a personalized version of this plate without the sticker well. This plate type's previous design is hailed as one of the most beautiful plate designs of all time, but sadly it fell victim to PennDOT's "Family of Plates" design language in 2013.

Julian Marrero sends in this picture of a personalized Disabled Veteran (Severe Disability) plate. In addition to paperwork you need to get one of these plates, the plate costs $13.00 and another $64.00 if you want to personalize it.

Last but not last, Avery Merz sends in this picture of what appears to be a PA Passenger number on a European-sized plate. "A" for effort? Click the pictures to the left to see larger versions.

6/9/2024 Posting

Starting this week off with a new high for the Antique Vehicle plate type. This type came out in 1956 on the white-on-purple base. Cars that get Antique plates must be 25 years or older and are thereafter exempt from both safety and emissions inspections. Thanks to Jerry McCoy for the picture. For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!

Here's another high, this one for the Circus-Carnival Truck from Jaska Börner. Finding a new high for this plate type has proven to be very difficult over the years. This plate type came out in 1990.

Brayden Harnish sends in this picture of a personalized Presidential Service Badge plate. As you can imagine, this plate type is seldom spotted, and is the second personalized PSB plate known to this site.

One of the goals of this site is to document serial changeover points between formats and bases. This picture (right) of Knights of Columbus plate number K/C 02505 (from Brayden Harnish) has the map outline and the picture on the left (from Tom Perri) is two numbers lower but with no sticker well. According to this site, plates K/C 02498 - K/C 02503 have no sticker well, while K/C 02505 has a map outline and is the lowest number observed with a map outline. It's good to have data like this so we can be as specific as possible for viewers!

John Anshant submits this picture (left) of a 1977 yellow base Representative (State) plate. This is the first Representative plate observed without the "HR" being inside a large keystone (see picture on right, from unknown). Neat find!

6/2/2024 Posting

The Plate of the Week Award goes to Brandon Sowers for this picture-perfect shot of a blue base Wilkes University Alumni. Up until now, this site did not have any such picture, so we are most grateful to Brandon for this excellent picture. This type came out in 1997 on the blue base and is still being issued (although it's still on the "www" base and has not transitioned to the "Family of Plates" design).

Here's another blue base plate, this one being Gettysburg College from John Clark. This plate type came out in 1999, transitioned to the "www" base in 2001, and then to the "Family of Plates" base in 2019, and has always had the rare 4-number format.

Here's an oddball sighting: a Pre-Owned Dealer plate way out of sequence. The current high is P/R 24206 so this is likely a personalized/vanity Pre-Owned Dealer plate.

John McDevitt shares that the existing PA Association of Realtors plate is transitioning to the "Family of Plates" style. This type started in 1995 on the blue base, transitioned to the "www" base in 2001, and has been on the "www" base ever since. This is not a high-volume type but the transition to the "Family of Plates" style likely means the supply of "www"-style plates is nearly exhausted.

Last but not least this week, we have an awesome trio of early Motorcycle plates from John Willard (pictures from John McDevitt). Motorcycle plates always have a fascinating history since they usually date as far back (or close) as Passenger plates, but way fewer motorcycles were on the road than passenger cars, plus Motorcycle plates were issued in singles whereas Passenger plates were generally issued in pairs in the early days, so early Motorcycle plates in collections are very difficult to get.