This is the latest high U.S. Army Veteran
plate, thanks to Tom Perri.
This plate type dates back to 2009 with the starting point being 10001A/R.
So over 5000 serial-numbered plates have been issued and quite a few
personalized plates as well. There is also a
(Active Duty) plate which is still quite rare. And don't forget
Army Reserve plate which is classified as an organizational plate rather
than a veteran plate.
aVeteran plate which
is also a new high. This plate is from Preston Turner via Tom Perri's
PAPlates.com website. These
plates date back to 2005. The sticker well was removed at least as far
back as 02876. So far the map outline has not been spotted.
Plates above 03200U/S may have the map.
Here is a pair of Fraternal Order of Police
plates. These are both at the high end of the run, but we can't
exactly figure out the last two digits of the higher numbered plate.
It is my understanding that this is the second most popular organizational plate behind the Penn State
Alumni Association. The 22156 image is from Preston Turner via
Tom Perri's webpage. The 224??
is also thanks to Tom Perri.
Here is a personalized Ringing Hill
Fire Company plate. The photo is thanks to Mike Alfonse.
This plate type has been around since 2009. The current high is 00031R/H
but has not been updated in a while. As for plate frames, I have a
soft spot for firefighters but not so much for frames, regardless of what
Here is a 1952 2-digit (MBL)
Motorboat plate and a
1960 2-digit (MB) plate. These were motorcycle size 4½" by 8"
plates issued in pairs. Starting in 1955 the plate used the map
outline. Serial sequencing started at 1 and went to 5 digits.
Both of these photos came from Worthpoint.
Here is a display of 1955 Motorboat
plates. Only the 402 plate has been added making a complete display of
1 to 5-digit plates. The 402 came from Worthpoint. All of the
others have been previously posted. Click the link above to see the
credit for the other four plates.
This is a 1944 Format 2 Motorcycle
plate. It's the first '44 MC image documented using the alpha-numeric serial
format. This plate was listed on eBay a while back and the plate owner
Baywood58 gave me the OK to use the photo. This plate is the standard
4½" by 8" used at the time.
Here is a previously unknown 1953 Passenger plate
serial format. The previous final format was D000A to P999Z.
Then Eric Tanner spotted the plate shown here on eBay. This plate is
part of the sequence of D00A0 to D88B0 or higher. I agree with Eric that this was
likely a very late '53 issue. Thanks to
eBay user wjtpa for the use of the photo.
This is believed to be a 1928 Z-Class Truckplate on
a 1924 Ahrens Fox fire truck belonging to the Royersford Fire Co. The
photo is thanks to Mike Alfonse. The truck appears to have solid
rubber tires. Although the year is not legible on the photos, it was
established by a process of elimination. This plate also appears to be
a new high with the previous high being Z1-979. I always enjoy a plate
or photo with some kind of historical context.
Next up is this 1934 T-Weight Class Truck
plate. For that year there were three T-class serial progressions,
T000A, T00A0, T0A00 with this plate part of the last group. 1934 with
the word TRUCK, was the first year since 1923 to have an identifying legend.
Also, since truck plates were now limited to 5 characters, more serial
formats were necessary in the R, S and T classes. This plate is thanks
Looks like the Emergency Medical Services
plate received an update. The update has a new flat screened color
logo as well as the plate legend. The map outline has also been added.
This change likely occurred at E/M07000 according to an inventory report.
The E/M0974 is a
Bruce Bufalini plate via
PAPlates, while the new plate is
thanks to Justin Chobirko.
This is the latest high School Vehicle
plate. These have had the map outline since SV-26800 spotted in late
2017. SV plates have gone through numerous formatting variations over
the years. The series was launched in 1993 on the yellow on blue base.
Thanks to Preston Turner for the photo.
In a previous posting I had asked for a
Disabled Veteran plate in the 80000 series. Bob Connison
stepped up and kindly provided this low number D/V plate showing a 5-87
sticker suggesting the plate was issued in 1986, which is believed to be the
first year for plates with the wheelchair symbol. He also provided a
picture of the reverse showing the purple color as seen on Antique Historic
Here's another Severely Disabled
Veteran plate, this one is a new high. This plate is D/V98410; however,
vanity check shows DV98758 as being the issued high. Not sure what the
plan is after hitting D/V98999 since the D/V99000 series is reserved for
vehicles qualifying for two plates as a result of having a device on the
rear of the vehicle for carrying a wheelchair or personal assistive device. Thanks to Tom Perri
for the image.
Here is a recent photo of an Expeditionary Forces Veteran plate. This is the first plate spotted
with the map outline. It is also the current high. This plate
type had its start in 1995 and has always used a 4-digit serial number,
although there are a few vanities out there. Thanks to Mike Alfonse
for sharing the photo.
This is a miniature 1957 Press Photographer
keychain tag. Jerry McCoy saw the recent posting of Press Photographer
plates and passed along this photo of a rare PP keychain tag of the type that the
Disabled American Veterans used to send out as a fund raiser. (There
are no plans to begin posting these DAV tags.)
This photo I should have posted last
week along with the Press Photographer display of the 58 base PP230
plates. This is a larger photo showing the 61, 62 and 63 validation
stickers. Compare these stickers with those below. Thanks to
John Anshant for the photo.
Starting on the far left is a pair of PP87 plates
with 64 PA0000 stickers. Next is another pair of PP87 plates on the
with stickers from 66 to 70. Unfortunately it appears that the 68
sticker faded out. Beginning with the 66 sticker, all of the sticker
serial numbers begin with PP. 1970 plates
were naturals with 71 etched into the upper left sticker well. I don't
know how far the PP stickers were used, but as of 75, it appears that
passenger stickers were used. Thanks to John Anshant for the great
The far left is a 1960, blue on white,
4-digit Motorboat plate is from Fred Schmidt. The next is a 1962, white on
purple, 5-digit Motorboat plate. The third is a 1963, white on red,
5-digit Motorboat plate. These last two are from the Bill Krellner
collection. 1963 was the final year for Motorboat plates.
tags, there are many years for which I have no photos, if anyone can help.
Needed are 37, 38, 40 through 45, 51 through 53, 57, 61 and 62.
It may not be a thing of beauty, but it
does represent the first of three 1934 S-Weight Class Truck
plate progressions. These include S000A shown here, and S00A0 and
S0A00. All 5-character 1936 truck plates measured 6 inches by 12
inches. There were some R and S overflow plates with 6 characters
measuring 6 inches by 15 inches. Thanks to Worthpoint for the
up are these 1939
S-Weight Class and a T-Weight Class Truck plates. Like the
S-class plate above, the one shown here also represents the first of four
serial progressions. These include S000A, S00A0, S0A00 and S00AA.
The T-class is the second of three progressions including T000A, T00A0,
T0A00. All 1939 truck plates were 5-character and measured 6 inches by
12 inches. Thanks to Worthpoint for the images. Check back next
week for some additional U-class plates.
The final Truck plate this week is this
1945 V-Weight Class Truck tag.
Thanks to Rob Baran for providing this image. The use of the Y in the
serial progression makes me wonder how far the series actually progressed
and if any plates were made in the V00A0 series, which would have been next
if V999Z were surpassed. We may never know. All 1945 truck
plates were 5-character and measured 6 inches by 11 inches.
In Legislative News —
House Bill 334
has been reintroduced. The bill, if passed, would require PennDot to
issue registration expiration stickers on Pennsylvania registration plates.
PennDot has lost considerable revenue due to registrations not being
renewed. A previous legislative effort did not pass.
In Legislative News —
House Bill 478would allow the DCNR
registration of Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHM) such as dirt bikes and trail
bikes. Such registrations would provide legal access to trails on public
lands similar to ATVs and Snowmobiles. Revenues generated from OHM
registrations would be used for trail development and maintenance.
Bill would provide for a registration plate and a dealer registration plate.
This is the earliest (lowest number) Disabled Veteran
plate I've seen. My understanding is that these plates date back to
1982 and started at DV-0000; however, research of the legislation behind
these plates several years ago was confusing. Also see DV plates below.
This image came from Worthpoint.
While this plate appears to just be a
higher plate in the same series as the above plate, the validation sticker
dates and much higher serial number would indicate that this plate had to be
part of a different series. I believe this over-40,000 series was the
beginning of the Severely
Disabled Veteran distinction prior to the use of the wheelchair
symbol and the 80-thousand number series. See the D/V
plate below. Other thoughts?
Based on the premise above, this
plate would be part of the Severely
Disabled Veteran series after the series was given a new number
block starting at D/V80000 plus the
wheelchair symbol. This series is believed to date back to 1986.
This image is thanks to Clayton Moore. Anyone have a plate or
photo in 80000 or 81000 series?
Tracking plate changes from sticker
well, to no sticker well, to map outline, while it's a fun part of the
hobby, it's also a pain in the butt. Anyway, this
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia plate is the highest with
sticker that I have, while 00522C/H has
also been documented with the sticker well. Lowest number spotted
without the sticker well is 00547C/H. Thanks
Bruce Bufalini for the image.
Mike Alfonse recently snapped the
photo showing a new Limerick Fire
Company high number plate. The photo also shows that the
organization changed their logo. The lower number plate is from
PAPlates.com website showing the
old logo. That plate still has the sticker well. The new
plate has the map outline.
These three Motorboat Licenses are
thanks to Fred Schmidt. The far left is a 1953, white on
green 3-digit plate. Later '53 plates used fiberboard. The
center plate is a
1956 5-character, also white on green, now with the state map
outline and MBL shortened to MB, not to be confused with Motorbike.
The final plate is a
1958 white on red tag. These were issued in pairs and
measured 4½" by 8". Motorboat plates were sequential starting at 1,
my goal is to show 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-digit plates where possible.
Here are three early Press
Photographer plates and registration cards. John Anshant
recently posted these photos noting that they had belonged to a Philadelphia
newspaper reporter who passed away in 1993. John indicates that this
"establishes with some certainty the advent of the use of PP for press
plates". We also know that on February 10, 1956, Governor George Leader
signed the Press Photograph License Plate Bill. This enabled the issuing of
Press Photograph License Plates beginning in 1956. There were earlier
PP plates dating to the late '40s but these were not official. The
plates shown here include a 1956, '57 and a '58 revalidated until 1963.
To my knowledge plates were always issued in pairs, and the plates never used a
Press Photographer legend. Next week I will post some additional
This is a 1941 U-Weight Class Truck
plate. For that year there were three U-weight class serial
progressions including U000A, U00A0, U0A00, with the plate shown here
being part of the first group. All plates measured 6 inches by 12
inches. This photo is a Worthpoint image.
Concerning Truck Plates, for each year
I have tried to identify each weight class where a photo is still
needed. Any help would be very much appreciated.
It was just a matter of time until
someone decided to give their Audi that Euro-plate look, complete with
Passenger registration number. The registration number on this
plate is a valid listing; however, I certainly wouldn't press my luck on
the street with this plate. There are companies that market such
plates. Thanks to John Anshant for posting this photo.
Here is a trio of
Organ Donors Save Lives plates. The far left image from
Bruce Bufalini, D/N01822,
has no sticker, but Bruce was unable to tell if it had a sticker well.
The center photo now shows the map outline. We don't know when the
map was added but likely somewhere between the left and center plate
The D/N01885 photo was my own photo, and the
D/N01942 came from Preston Turner and
is the current documented high. Vanity check shows the registered
high as D/N02060.
This was the first serial-numbered
PA Society of Professional Engineers plates spotted.
Previously a personalized plate was posted. The plate shown here
came from Brendan Sherry and was on Tom Perri's
As of now, only 8 serial numbered plates have been issued which helps
explain why more plates have not been spotted.
Hall F&AM plate on the far left is the highest plate spotted,
and was photographed recently by Jaska Börner. Vanity check shows
active plates as high as M/M01910, with some gaps.
Anyone know if the graphic format, near left image,
ever made its debut?
The graphic prototype was revealed in 2015, but so
far no plates have been spotted.
This is a 1937 Motorbike
plate, not a Motorboat plate as that would use MBL as the identifier,
although Motorboats used MB from '55 to '63. Thanks to Tiger Joe
for this photo. Motorbike plates ran from 1920 until 1949 after
which they were discontinued. Motorbikes were sometimes referred
to as Motor Bicycles or Bicycle Side Motors. Today they are more
commonly referred to as Mopeds, short for motorized pedal-cycle.
Moped plates were
introduced in 1977. The use of foot pedals and a crank, among
other things, differentiated them from motorcycles. Early plate history in the
1920s is very sketchy, if anyone has something to share, it would be
This 1927 2-digit Passenger
plate deserves top-billing. Tim Gierschick recently acquired this
gem, which adds to his collection of 2-digit plates. Tim says,
"Now I only need a 1925, 1930 and 1932 to complete my 1906-1935 2 digit
set." Can anyone help?"
Here is a very nice 1922 Format 4 Passenger
plate from Mike Alfonse. Passenger plates that year ran from 1 to
over 764-000 making this plate toward the higher end of the run.
This plate measures 6" by 16". Plates with up to 3 digits were 6"
by 10", 4-dight plates were 6" by 12", and 5-digits were 6" x 13½".
This is a 1932 Format 3 Passenger
plate. Format 3 included 0A, 0A0, shown here, 0A00 and 0A000
serial formats. Sizes would be 6 inches by 10 inches as shown
here, and 6 inches by 12 inches for 5-character plates. Thanks to
Pl8source for the use of this plate photo.
is a 1947 Format 4
Passenger plate. Format 4 included 10A0 to 99Z99, which included
both 4 and 5 character serial numbers. All plates, regardless of the
number of characters, measured 6 inches by 11 inches. This plate photo
came from Worthpoint.
on the far left is this 1939 Format 1 Trailer
plate meaning it is part of 0001 to 9999 numerical sequence on a 6" by
12" base, center is a 1946 Format 4 Trailer being part
of 00A0 to 99Z9 sequence on a 6" by 11" base, and finally a Format 3 1952 Trailer
plate which is part of the 0A00 to 9Z99 sequence. The left and
right plate photos are from Worthpoint, the center photo is from the
Bill Krellner collection.
Between 1924 and 1933 truck plates did
not have any legend that identified them as such. So it is with this
1933 V-Weight Class Truck
plate. All 1933 truck plates were 6 characters in length with the
first character identifying the weight class from R to Z on 2-axle vehicles,
and the first two letters identifying 3-axle truck classes with the letters RZ to ZZ. All truck plates measured 6" by 15". Thanks to Jeff
Hinkle for this photo.
Person with Disability
plate was photographed by John Anshant. The owner of this vehicle
introduced his handicapped daughter to John. She is a big Beatles
fan. It's always nice when there is a story behind the plate.
Personalized PD plates are available with up to 5 characters.
Nothing all that unique about this
Veteran plate, but what is unique is that it is part of dual
series of D/V99000.
series is for vehicle owners who have a carrier on the rear of the
vehicle for holding a wheelchair or personal assistive device. They are
authorized to be issued two plates since the assistive device and
carrier may block visibility of the vehicle mounted plate.
Obviously the assistive device and the second plate were not on this vehicle
at the time of the photo. Thanks to Mike Alfonse for the photo. It
may be worth mentioning that this 2-plate option is also available on
Disabled Veteran in
the DV-79000 series, and Person with Disability in the 98000PD series, and as PD
This eye-catching Antique Vehicle
plate is a recent acquisition of Jeff Lesher. This plate, with its
3-digit number, is a personalized plate. All plates that are part
of the standard serial progression contain 4 characters. The
earliest white on purple
plates from the late 1950s were all-numeric starting at 1 and progressing
to 9999. Later plates were all alpha-numeric.
While on the subject of Antique
plates, we have these two early Antique
Motorcycle plates also from Jeff Lesher. Antique M/C
plates date back to 1967 and were initially planned to run from A0 to
Z99. While a couple all numerical plates are known to exist, they
are believed to be samples or courtesy plates. So the B0 is part
of the first group from A0 to D99. Starting at E0 the PENNA and
MOTORCYCLE changed places. Then the next group starting at G1,
PENNA and MOTORCYCLE again flip-flopped bringing them back to what you
see here. In addition to the the alpha-numeric sequences, the
original hole spacing was narrow as seen here. Starting somewhere
between the L and P-series the hole spacing was widened. It
appears that some early plate numbers may have been reissued on wide
This beautiful white on black
porcelain 1914 Format 6
Passenger plate combo is thanks to Jeff Hinkle. Format 6 ran
from 30000 to 99999, with this plates measuring 6" by 14". The
reverse of the plate shows Brilliant Mfg Co., 1035 Ridge Ave., Phila., PA as the manufacturer. Brilliant produced the
plates for PA from 1912 to 1916. Click the link above to see
additional plates and details. For historians, Eric Taylor has an
interesting article on this company.
These 1949 Passenger
plates help to fill 4-character slots in Format 3 which ran from 1A00 to 9Z999,
and Format 4 which included 10A0 to 99Z99. All plates were 6-inches
by 11-inches for both 4- and 5-character plates. These photos came
from Worthpoint, a service I subscribe to.
There are still many
Passenger plate formats for
which I have no image. These are identified as
in the photo galleries. Help with any of these is always much
-These are 1925,
'26, '27 and '28 Trailer
plates. Trailer plates began using the TT prefix in 1924.
Previously a single T was used but in 1924 Truck plates began using R
through Z, including T, to identify weight classes, so trailer plates
changed to TT. The 1925 above, still uses full size Ts, while the
'26 plates part way through the year switched to the smaller Ts, as did
all the later plates. Plate highs are not firmly established but
the '26 and '27 plates may establish new highs. The '25 and high
number '28 are thanks to Clayton Moore. The other 3 plates were
from Bill Krellner's collection. (I had actually posted 3 of these
in late December but never linked them to this home page.)
This is thought to be a U.S. Congress /
Member of Congress plate from 1958. While we don't have
provenance to go along with the plate, it does follow the serial
formatting at the time, except for the wide spacing between the
characters. Some plates had the MC in the prefix position to allow
registration of 2 vehicles. This is a Worthpoint image.
This is a first generation
Villanova University Alumni Association plate. These
organizational plates date back to 1987. The range of the 1st
generation plates was from V/U00001 to
V/U01790. After the 2001
re-plating, plates were again redesigned
in 2006, but not spotted until 2009, now with V/U
in the suffix position. Plate photo is from Worthpoint.
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