This #68 Let Freedom Ring
plate was recently received by Clayton Moore. Previously he received #87.
For what it's worth, the low number on this series is 00051F/R,
and the registered high is 00194F/R, as of
1/11. So since 10/29/2020, 143 plates have been issued. These plates
were intended to commemorate our nation's 250 year or Semiquincentennial
anniversary, much as Bicentennial plate did for 1976.
Society of America plate is thanks to John Clark. This plate
establishes a new high number with the sticker well. We also know that
A/U20499 no longer has the sticker well.
This plate also shows graying of the sheeting.
This new high Emergency Vehicle
plate was recently spotted by
Bruce Bufalini. EV plates are part of a two-tiered system, with this
plate being part of the upper tier. That group generally represents
volunteer fire and EMS groups, whereas the lower tier (EV-30000 to about
EV-37270) are generally municipal or paid organizations. In addition to
those mentioned above, there is a whole host of vehicle uses that can qualify
for EV plates. These include: blood delivery vehicles; organ delivery;
armed forces emergency; coroner & deputy coroner; haz-mat; emergency management;
canteen support; even certain PA turnpike vehicles. If you crave a more
complete list, click this,
MV-14EV (08-04).qxd (state.pa.us).
Check out these photos of a low number Blue Lodge
vanity plate spotted by Jaska Börner. Also click this week's vanity page to
see the display of 8 new photos of
vanities or personalized plates. Other photos from H. Kelly, Mike Alfonse, Tee
Adam and Arthur Levine.
In this week's installment of photos showing
antique Tractor plates in use, we have another 1917 Tractor plate
taken in Germania, PA, thanks to Jason Cook. The actual date of the plate is too hard to read,
but the serial number uses two different #2 dies. This inconsistency was
highlighted on the recent 1/2/22 posting and suggests that the plate is from
1917. Click either image to go to Older Plates In Use
page. Then click image showing the steam tractor for a full size image.
Note the license plate shown on the
far left and center is Tractor Dealer TX22, the year
can't be read but the plate appears very similar to the 1924 Tractor
Dealer TX24, shown for comparison. Thanks to Jason Cook
for this unusual snapshot of history. Photo shows a Rumley Oil Pull Tractor in
a strong man
competition. Sign to rear of tractor reads Harrisburg and Dauphin
County Fair, East Harrisburg, September 17, 18. Click either image
to go to Older Plates In Use
page. Then click image showing the tractor with the strong man for a full size image.
This is a 1952 Y-Weight Class Truck
plate. 1952 was the first year for truck plates to be issued as
singles. Plates measured 6 inches by 11 inches. This photo
came from Worthpoint, a service to which I have a subscription.
Still need a 1952 Truck Class R, R000A format, and a Class S, S000A
format, if anyone can help.
Another needed image found. This is a
1954 S-Weight Class Truck
plate. For 1954 plates measured 6 inches by 10¼ inches. 1954
S-weight Trucks used these five serial formats: S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0, the
plate shown here being part of S0AA0. Still need a photo of an S000A
format plate, as well as: U00AA, any W, and Y000A.
This is a 1987 Lady
Keystone Open Golf Tournament special event plate. This plate
having no serial number would suggest it was a prototype or sample. Such
plates were made of cardboard or cardstock were valid for the period June 15 to 22, 1987.
The plate image is thanks to John Anshant.
This is a
Pennsylvania International Air Show special event plate, also made of
cardboard or cardstock. It was valid for September 5 and 6, and expired on
September 8 of 1987. This plate having a serial number of 0 might suggest
it was a prototype or sample. The plate image is thanks to John Anshant.
This is a new high Salvage Yard plate
thanks to Preston Turner. This is also the first plate documented with the
map outline. Preston asked if I knew the meaning of the WL prefix. I
do not. PennDOT uses the term Vehicle Salvor Yard, which does not help.
Preston wondered if the term Wrecker License could explain the WL. Anyone?
This appears to be the highest Dealer plate
photographed, thanks to Jordan Irazabal.
It should be mentioned that back in September,
Bruce Bufalini spotted K65-253K, just 53 plates higher, but was not able to
snap a photo. Out of curiosity, I checked the plate availability tool which
indicated that the issued high is K67-551K as of 1/5.
Universityimage on the far left from Jeff Lawson reminded me that my section displaying such plates
looked a little neglected with only a single plate. The only other unposted Arcadia image I had was the A/U00298
photo from Jordan Irazabal and Tom
Perri, but that photo dates back to 2012 I think. A little checking showed
that their plate program is still active. A record check indicates that
A/U00343 is the current high. This plate
program is still using the www base.
Services plates date back to 1985. All of the original yellow on
blue plates that were issued up to the changeover in 2001, were reissued on a
number-for-number basis on the www base like the plate shown here. This
plate photo was provided by Jeff Lawson.
Click this vanity page link to
see this week's display of 8 new photos of
vanities or personalized plates. The vanity PD shown here is thanks to Tee Adams.
See others from Arthur Levine, Jerry McCoy, H. Kelly, and others from Tee Adams.
This is the start of a new feature with a
page dedicated to old plates in actual use. The thumbnail photos to the left
show a 1917 Tractor
plate in use on a Case tractor of the period. Clicking these thumbnails
will take you to the Older Plates In
Use page where larger photos can be enlarged still more to the native
resolution of the scanned images. A big Thank You to Jason
Cook for the tractor photos. I will be adding additional Tractor photos
in the coming weeks. This new page also shows
Older Truck Plates In Use.
Most of the truck photos came from elsewhere on this website.
Like the 1926 Y-Class Truck plate from last
week, here are before and after photos of a 1936 V-Weight Class Truck plate
thanks to Rob Baran. Rob performed some cleaning and sanding. Nice
to see that there was still color underneath.
These are 1943 Truck Validation Tabs, as
you may know they were issued in place of new plates for 1943, due to the war
effort. These tabs were to be mounted in the upper left hand bolt hole to
cover up 42. While the tabs above may look pretty much alike, they all
represent a different weight class starting with R and progressing to Y, and
Click the thumbnail images to see the class and serial number stamped below the
3-31-44. These are thanks to Rob Baran. The last tab is actually a rare ZZ-weight class tab thanks to John
Anshant. I still need a Z-class tab photo.
This is a 1944 S-Weight Class Truck plate
thanks again to Rob Baran. For that year there were three S-Class serial
progressions used, including S000A, S00A0, S0A00, with the plate shown here
being part of the second group. 1944 is not an easy year. Still need
images for the following weight classes and formats: S0A00, T00A0, U000A, U0A00,
any from class V, W and Y.
Here is another needed image that fills a
gap, this one being a
1947 U-Weight Class Truck
plate. 1947 had 4 U-Weight Class serial progressions including U000A, U00A0,
U0A00, U00AA. Still need plate images from the first two progressions.
I want to thank Rob Baran for all of his help with filling a number of gaps.
special event plates made of cardboard. The far left is an Erie
International Air Show from 1986. The other plate is also an Erie
International Air Show but from 1987. That plate has no number, so
possibly a prototype? Thanks to John Anshant for the photos.
Happy New Year!
> Most current plate type listings also provided a link to the
'current high', which took you to an external website where highs were tracked.
That website is no longer in operation. I have removed most, if not all,
external links. Concerning highs, I am happy to post
highs preferably with photos, but I don't have the time or resources to actually track them.
Another good resource for highs is the
ALPCA Archives, which
> Beginning with the 1/9 update, a new page will
be added showing older plates in use. Initially it will feature Tractor
and Truck plates.
American Motorcyclist Association plate dates back to 2003, the start of
their plate program. This AMA plate has never been updated to the visitPA
base and color graphic. The documented high is A/M00516,
while plate check shows the registered high at A/M00539.
Thanks to Matt Ciecka for the photo.
This is a new high Northampton Fire
Department plate which was recently spotted by Jaska Börner. This
plate program made its debut in 2015. Plate check indicates that the
registered high is 10015N/F. Can't say
unequivocally, but this plate does not appear to have a sticker well while 10013N/F
Here is another high, this Taxi plate was
recently spotted by Jaska Börner. The serial number reads TX-50711.
Based on other over 50000 numbered plates, this plate likely still has the
This Expeditionary Forces
Veteran photo was provided by Zachary Bent. This plate type dates
back to 1995 and has gone through a number of iterations. Click the link
above to see a breakdown of the variations. The starting point of this
plate was E/F0001, and the current documented
high is E/F3317.
This DA-MOZER photo was provided by
Arthur Levine. Not sure what's going on with the yellow band along the
bottom of the plate.
Click the vanity page link to
see this week's display. Each week I post about 8 new photos of
The far left is a Civil Defense
plate from Perry County as indicated by the 50 prefix. The credential is a Motor Vehicle
Civil Defense Plate Identification Card also from Perry County. While they
may be from the same county, the card corresponds to a different plate.
The card is the first credential I've seen to connect the plate to the vehicle
on which the plate was used. The card corresponds to plate 50-060, and was
issued on 2/24/77. These images are from Worthpoint. Does anyone
know the exact years when blue on yellow and yellow on blue CD plates were
Recently there was a discussion on Facebook
about the inconsistent use of serial dies on some 1917 plates. This
matter was brought up thanks to Jason Cook with input from Guillaume Joseph,
Clayton Moore and Robby Crowder. Note the far left pair has two versions
of the number 2 on each plate. The center pair shows number 2 variations
between the upper and lower plates. The 233644 plate uses two different 4s
where the openings in the center of the 4s are different sizes. The far
left photo is from Worthpoint, the center photo is thanks to Robby Crowder, the
right photo is from Worthpoint.
These die inconsistencies can be seen on some tractor plates, and possibly other
1917 plate types. See more variations below.
appears to be 2 different letter S dies used on these 1917 1-Star Truck plates. The far left plate is thanks to Jeff Hinkle, the near left plate
is from eBay user 51jnj61.
PART 1: This 1926 Y-Weight Class Truck
plate is a little rough, but also very rare. The serial number reads
Y-202. This plate was on eBay and was brought to my attention by Eric Tanner.
I reached out to the plate owner, Pickersemporium01, who gave me the OK to use
the image. In the mean time, the plate was bought by Rob Baran.
To my knowledge this is the only 1926 Y Truck plate documented.
Early Y-, Z-, and double letter class truck plates are almost always a
challenge to find.
PART 2: Rob received the plate, and here is
how it looks after some sanding and cleaning. Click image to enlarge.
He feels it may be a candidate for sandblasting and repainting, but for now he's
happy to have such a rare plate.
This is the first image of a 1940 Y-Weight Class Truck
plate. Thanks to Rob Baran for this hard to find plate image. The
only serial progression for Y-class plates was Y000A, as seen in the photo.
All plates measured 6 inches by 12 inches, and were issued in pairs.
Effective with this week's update, I've had to split the
Passenger Plate History Page into 2 sections. The software I use is old
and has weaknesses necessitating this change. I will leave the old
Passenger Plate History Page in place for now, but there will be no updates
beyond today. So starting today the Passenger Plate History Page has been split into two new pages as listed
This is a personalized Street Rod plate.
The photo was taken by John Anshant and shows a Mini Cooper with such a plate. PennDOT requires eligible vehicles to be a model year of 1948 or older.
It's also the first personalized Street Rod plate spotted, which was not an
option until the new redundant format hit the street in late 2016. Serial
numbered plates are in the 7000S/R series.
This plate also has the map outline which has not been seen so far on serial
Here is a couple of recently spotted Municipal Government
plates. These plates are now into the N-suffix series. Plates on the
visitPA - "family of plates" base were first seen in early February of 2017,
with the starting point being MG-9000J. The far left plate is thanks to
Bruce Bufalini, while the other plate is from Preston Turner.
Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you —
it's a movie prop.
This screen shot was provided by Bill Young and is from the 2010 movie "The next
three days". Such plates are generally easy to spot by anyone familiar
with PA plates.
Still on the road! Here's a '77
base vanity plate spotted by
Bruce Bufalini. Plate check shows that the registration number is
still valid. Click the vanity page link to
see this week's display.
It may be a little hard to read, but this is
Commercial Motorcycle plate. These were only issued for 12 years
between 1938 and 1949, and are quite rare. Plate formatting was the same
from year to year with the exception of the color rotation which was the same as
passenger plates. Still need images for 1945 and 1947. This image
came from Worthpoint.
This 1965 to '70 plate was likely issued to
cabinet member. At the time, plates between 3 and 23 were reserved
for members of the Governor's cabinet. The plate appears to have no wear
marks around the bolt holes, and no validation stickers. This photo
came from Worthpoint.
Here are a couple of what might be described
as single-letter 1977 Passenger
vanity plates. They don't appear to have any wear marks around the bolt
holes, and no validation stickers. The photos are thanks to Jeff Lesher.
Neither of these plates correspond to any
issued plates. The far left plate photo is from Jeff Lesher, the other
photo was from my own collection. Both plates show a base etched with 71.
Both plates also use a
School Bus serial number format, while the Bicentennial State legend at
the bottom was only used on passenger and a few related plates such as
Handicapped, Amateur Radio, and a few others, never a School Bus.
This past year our nation has faced political discord,
economic challenges and an ever-changing health dilemma.
Let's hope and pray that things improve in the coming
On the brighter side, I want to thank those who have
helped support this website.
the far left is what appears to be the best image so far of the new format Severely Disabled Veteran.
The image is thanks to Bill Ceravola. This new format was first spotted
back in October likely starting at 80000DV. The older plate is
shown for comparison. Sadly, little by little, all of the legacy
formats are being replaced.
This is a new high U.S. Military
Airborne Units plate thanks to Jordan Irazabal.
This plate type dates back to 2013 with a starting point of 20001M/A.
So far no map outline on the serial numbered plates, but it has been seen on a
later personalized plate.
This Wilkes University
Alumni plate is part of a two-tiered numbering system. When the
original yellow on blue plates were replaced in 2001, they were reissued on the
www base and on a number for number basis ending at W/U20409.
When later plates were issued, the series jumped ahead to W/U21000.
The plate shown here is thanks to Rob Baran. This
two-tiered system was common for organizational plates that originated on the
yellow on blue base.
See this and another weekly assortment of
personalized plates on this week's vanity display.
At the end of 2020 PA had 251,746
personalized plates registered. The counties with the most are Montgomery
and Allegheny with over 18,000 each. The county with the fewest is Cameron
with only 88 such plates.
few weeks back Jeff Lawson sent me several photos of Temple
University Official plates in use. If you are not familiar,
official plates are also used by
Lincoln U. Over the
last several years, PennDOT has been in the process of switching the
appearance of these plates by giving them all the "family of plates" look, in other
words making every plate look like every other plate. The plate shown here
is a new high. The new style plate is also believed to be in use but so
far has not been spotted.
This is a low number 1941 Motorcycle plate
from Worthpoint. The serial sequence ran from 1 to 9999, then continued as
an alpha-numeric serial. All such plates measured 4½ inches by 8 inches.
These Motorcycle plates use M/C stacked on the right and are very similar to
Motorbike plates which used
M/B stacked on the right.
This is a 1936 R-Weight Class Truck plate
from Worthpoint. Class R is the lightest truck class. Eric Tanner
lists the high for this plate class as R20-08B. This plate measures 6
inches by 15 inches, although 5-character plates were 6 inches by 12 inches.
This is a 1947 Z-Weight Class Truck plate.
The photo is thanks to Clayton Moore. The heavier weight truck classes are
always a challenge to find. These plates measured 6 inches by 11 inches.
Anyone have any double-letter heavy truck classes?
These are both 1928 Plates, made of
aluminum, a departure from the typical steel. Only the raised characters
are painted blue, the remainder of the plate is unpainted aluminum. Based
upon that, I'm leaning toward calling them test plates rather than samples.
The far left plate, which was provided by Jeff Lesher, could also be a 1928 S-Weight Class Truck test
plate. The 000-000 plate was previously posted, and was courtesy of John
For the past several weeks I have been
adding Special Event plates. Both of these are
Pennsylvania International Air Show plates from 1984 and 1985 They
are cardboard plates that were only valid for a few days. The photos are
courtesy of John Anshant and John Willard respectively.