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News and postings from 2020

Posting 3/1/2020

Here is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. organizational plate for which we didn't have an image or prototype, then John Fedorchak got this photo from the organization.  I did some editing of the photo to restore the corners of the plate which were cut off in the original photo.  John reports that there are 9 of these plate in use.

 


Here's the latest high Classic Vehicle plate.  The photo of the Ford Explorer and plate were recently snapped by Bruce Bufalini.  PennDOT describes a Classic Vehicle as "manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.

 

 


Here are three new high number plate photos from Jaska Börner.  These were all traffic photos taken at night.  The far left is a Flyers Wives Charities plate.  This organization has shifted back and forth between the words Charities and Charity, and has now returned to Charities as was previously spotted on F/L01848.  The center plate is an Arizona State University high, still with a sticker.  The final plate is a University of Scranton high.  No sticker on this plate, but presence of sticker well is uncertain.

 


Here is a LaSalle College High School sample plate image thanks to Paul Bagnarol.  This school's plate program dates back to 2005.  The high number spotted so far has been L/S00138 according to Tom Perri's PA Plates website.  LaSalle College High School is not to be confused with LaSalle University which also has plate program.

 


This is the high number spotted of a Format 1 Vietnam War Veteran plate.  This original series ended at V/W09399 before transitioning to the visitPA graphic base and starting at V/W04000.  The initial series dates back to 1999.  The current series has a recorded high of V/W11279.  Thanks to Matt Ciecka for this photo.

 


This 1916 Dealer plate, with the X+3 digit format, would have been expected to be 6" by 13", however, this plate appears to measure 6" by 16".  So it appears to be the same dimension as the X+4 digit format previously posted.  This image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes.  If the owner of a plate wishes, I can acknowledge them also.

 


This pair of 1935 Dealer plates represent the second and third serial formats used that year.  The far left plate is part of the run of the series from 0X to 9X999.  10" plates were used with plates up to 4 characters and 12" for 5-characters.  The 52X88 plate series started at 00X and progressed up to 5 characters as shown here, with 10" and 12" sizes as well.  Far left plate is from Worthpoint while the other is thanks to eBay user from Hippiechicksfaroutfinds.

 


This is the a 1946 Miscellaneous Dealer plate.  This type of Dealer plate uses an X as the identifier, the X can be in the first position or the second as shown here.  All plates used 5 characters.  The plate measures 6 inches by 11 inches.  I'm crediting this plate to John Willard & John Anshant, however, that may not be correct.

 


This is a 1951 Used Car Dealer plate.  Beginning in 1946 Dealer plates used a leading A for New Car and B for Used Car serial numbers.  Therefore the serial progression of B000A was used where the initial B does not advance.  The number would advance until reaching 999, after which the next series would have been B000B.  New Car Dealer plates seem to far outnumber Used Car Dealer plates.  Thanks to Worthpoint for this image.

 


Click this thumbnail to see the full-size image.  This cardboard Temporary plate, which has predated boxes from 1999 to 2002, does not seem to match any previous or later style of temp tag.  The numerical sequence also does not seem to relate to other tags around that time period.  Clayton Moore posted a group of these tags recently.

 


Posting 2/23/2020

Here's a recent photo of a new high Bus plate.  This series is believed to have begun using the map outline at BA-81900.  Bus plates have a long history dating back to 1924; however, the use of the BA prefix began on the 1968 base at BA-00000 or BA-00001.  Later the number sequencing started over again in 1972 and again in 1978.

 


Not one but 3 Combat Action Ribbon plates!  The far left plate was spotted by Preston Turner.  It is the current high and also the first serial-numbered plate seen with the map outline.  The other two were recently spotted by Nick Tsilakis.  Normal formatting would be five numerals followed by the C/O suffix, making these both personalized plates, and the first of those with the map outline.  The Combat Action series dates back to 2014.

 


This is a personalized Person with Disability plate.  The second plate character is the letter 'O'.  Which is easily confused with zero.  While the letter 'O' and number 0 are different on PA plates, the zero is slightly taller, they are similar enough to cause confusion, including vehicle citations going to the wrong person.  Check this link to just such a situation in Pittsburgh.  The PD suffix is also part of the registration number.  This image is from Bruce Bufalini.

 


This Indiana County Humane Society plate has been on this site for a couple years; however, thanks to Bruce Bufalini we have is a newer and better photo.  This organization's plate program dates back to 2013, and so far about 22 serial-numbered plates have been issued.

 


What a gem this would be on the wall of any Nittany Lion fan, myself included.  I believe Penn State was the first college-based organizational plate issued in PA, dating back to 1985.  The plate shown here is well preserved for its age.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for this plate photo.

 

 


St. Joseph's University plate may also date back to 1985, along with a number of other organizations that were launching a plate program around that time.  Slightly more that 1000 plates were issued on this base before the changeover to the www base on 11/28/2001.  Another thank you to Clayton Moore for this plate photo.

 


These three Lady Keystone Open special event plates represent 1991, 1992 and 1993 golf tournaments held in Hershey.  From my experience these are generally issued to vehicle dealerships that would be providing courtesy vehicles during the event.  They expire following the event.  I also have a photo of a 1988 and 1994 plate.   So were there Lady Keystone plates issued for 1989 and 1990?

 


Great number!  This 1914 Tractor plate photo was made available by ebay user Blasco38.  This was also the first year for Tractor plates.  This white-on-black porcelain series would have started at E1 and progressed to over E1000.  This plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches, however, size was determined by the the length of the serial number.  Click the link above to see detail on other sizes. 

 


Both of these images relate to 1952 Tractor registration plates, but that's where the connection stops.  The Tractor registration document on the far left came from Tim Gierschick and was issued to a family member in 1952.  The B507 plate was needed to fill the Format 2 gap.  This Format 2 was an alpha-numeric series after the Format 1 series hit 9999.  That image came from Worthpoint.

 


Here is a trio of 1950 Truck plates, starting on the far left with one of the four S-weight class serial progressions.  Next is a one of the two V-weight class serial formats, and finally a Y-weight class tag.  The S plate is thanks to eBay user Blasco 38.  The others are from Worthpoint.

 


Posting 2/16/2020

Recently I visited the Albright College campus in in hopes of finding one of their organizational plates on the new base as shown on the far left.  Unfortunately none were to be found.  I did spot this older plate, which would actually be a new high.  It still retains the sticker well.  Vanity check suggests the issued high is A/L00147.

 


Here's a recent traffic shot of a Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Inc. plate.  The image is from Bruce Bufalini and shows a new high.  There was a discussion among several friends as to whether or not this plate has a sticker well.  So while that feature may be missing, it can't be determined with certainty.

 


Such a plate is a visual reminder that the person to whom it was issued likely went through hell.  This is a first generation Prisoner of War plate, which is still a valid format.  This would have been only the second plate issued, likely in 1982.  It appears that this plate was restored.  Thanks to Drewski for the photo.

 


There are more legislative updates for House Bill 1710, House Bill 1711 and House Bill 1712.  All three of these bills received final passage in the House on Feb. 3, and have moved on to the Senate on Feb. 13.

 


This is low-number and rare 1910 Dealer plate.  1910 was the fist year for Dealer plates.  The use of the 'X' as the prefix and identifier did not begin until 1911.  This 3-digit plate measured 6 inches by 10 inches, and was the middle of three sizes that year.  The reverse of the plate reads: "ING-RICH PORCELAIN ENAMELED IRON SIGNS COMPANY INGRAM-RICHARDSON MFG. CO. BEAVER FALLS PENNA".  Thanks to Jeff Lesher for the use of the images.

 


Here is a very low number 1912 Dealer plate, also thanks to Jeff Lesher.  The use of 'X' as part of the serial number started in 1911.  This series started at X1 and continued to well into the X3000 series.  Plate sizes varied according to the number of digits, with sizes going form 6 inches by 8 inches for X+1 digit to 10, 12 and 14-inch sizes for X+2, 3 and 4 characters respectively, making this plate 10 inches.  This plate was manufactured by BRILLIANT MFG. CO. ENAMELED SIGNS 1035-1037 RIDGE AVENUE PHILA., PA, as shown on the reverse of the plate. 

 


Here is a pair of needed 1934 Passenger plates.  The far left plate is a Format 5 plate which consisted of the run from 000A to 999Z on a 6" x 10" base.  The run also went to 5 characters from 100A0 to 999Z9 on a 6" x 12" base.  The plate is from Worthpoint.  The other plate is a Format 7 which ran from AA to ZZ and AA1 to ZZ99, all on a 6" x 10" base.  This plate is thanks to Forrest Kauffman.

 


These are 1924 Truck plates.  '24 was the first year to use the more familiar R through Z series of truck weight classes, with R being the lightest class.  (Passenger plates also began using letter prefixes, but only used 'A' in 1924.)  The series started at R1 and progressed to R99-999, then began an overflow series of 1-R to at least 2000-R.  The number of characters also determined the length of the plate with the 4-character plate shown here being 6 by 10 inch and the 5-character S plate being 12 inches.  These images are from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes.  If the owner of a plate wishes, however, I can acknowledge them also.

 


Yes, it's a 1958 Truck plate with a '64 sticker, but what's a ZT Class?  The 1958 truck series consisted of 21 plate prefixes that designate not only gross vehicle weight and number of axles, but also 3 separate series for truck tractors.  Truck tractors were designated with WT, YT and ZT.  This same prefix designations were used again in the 1964 through 1967 run, after which a new system was used.  Thanks to Drewski for the use of this photo.

 


I recently acquired the far left 1994 PA Apple Festival plate with PA as the registration.  The other plate I have had for a number of years and is shown for comparison.  That plate has the word official and the the number 51.  Perhaps one was sold as a novelty plate while the numerical plate was issued to those running the event.

 


Posting 2/9/2020

If you haven't seen the latest Penn State Official plate, these were first spotted in February of 2019.  The starting point was A4700P, with the plate shown here being the lowest number spotted so far.  The previous version appears to have ended at A46-07P.  Unlike the previous version, the large open keystone has been eliminated.

 


Sometimes tracking license plates is like a game of Trivial Pursuit.  Since PA has removed the sticker well and added the map outline, often not at the same time, it creates more features to track.  This Children's Hospital of Philadelphia plate shows a new low on plates with the map outline.  Previously posted was 00548C/H which is the current high without the map.  Sticker well numbers are unknown.

 


Here's another low number recently spotted plate.  The Michigan State Alumni plate program dates back to 2012.  Vanity check indicates that around 80 serial numbered plates have been issued to date.

 

 


Not the kind of thing I normally post, but why not.  You may be familiar with this sample plate display if you have visited PennDOT's headquarters on South Front St. in Harrisburg.  Because the display is under glass, with bright lights, the plates do not photograph well.  It would be nice to see additional displays, since PA offers so many types.  This display seldom changes.

 

 

 


There are a handful of first generation special organization plates for which I never acquired a photo.  Finally got this Geneva College plate image thanks to eBay user Jeopardyboy1.  This plate program dates back to 1994, with about 765 plates being issued before the changeover to the www base.  These first generation plates are displayed with current College plates, and on the Special Organization History page.  Geneva College is located in Beaver Falls, PA.

 


Here is another of the first generation plates for which I needed an image.  The Rotary International plate program dates back to 1992, with about 590 plates issued.  These first generation plate are displayed with current plates, and on the Special Organization History page.  This image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes.  If the owner of a plate wishes, however, I can acknowledge them also.

 


This is a 1944 Dealer plate.  Dealer plates traditionally used an 'X' in the serial number.  This image has the 'X' in the second position, thereby making it a Format 2 tag which consists of the progression of 1X00 to 9X999.  So both 6" x 10" and 6" by 11" plates were produced.  Thanks to John Anshant and John Willard for the photo op.

 


Could this be a pre-1956 Press Photographer plate?  The image came from Edward Lipski several years ago suggesting that other such unofficial Press Photographer plates may have existed into the late 1940s.  Chuck Harrington felt strongly that pre-1956 PP plates were not press-related.  Plates with 2-letter prefixes were part of standard issue passenger plates at the time.  The plates shown here are unofficial and unconfirmed with no provenance; however plates with identical numbers (PP125) were issued in 1957 and 1958.  Of course this could just be coincidence. 

 

 


It may be a little hard to read, but this 1920 Commercial (truck) plate is number 167, and Commercial plates between 1920 and '23 used the first digit to designate the weight class.  With the 1 identifying the class, the 67 indicates that this was the 67th plate produced in that class.  It also suggests that plates from 11 to 199 did not use a dash as most higher number classes used.  Also worth mentioning is that plates with Commercial on the top measured 7 inches in height while those with it on the bottom measured 6 inches.  This image is from Worthpoint.

 


This is a 1949 S-Weight Class Truck plate.  For that year there were 4 serial progressions used: S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, with this plate being part of the S00AA series.  1949 plates were still issued in pairs, and measured 6 inches by 11 inches.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of the photograph.

 


Posting 2/2/2020

Today is Groundhog Day (or Grundsowdaag).  In western PA it's Punxsutawney Phil who issues the weather forecast  for an early spring, or not; but here in southeastern PA, the Grundsow (Groundhog) Lodges come together to hear the prognostication for the next six weeks.  Of course the Grundsow Lodge gatherings (fersommlings) are conducted entirely in Pennsylvania Dutch with traditional food and humor.  Around 2005 I proposed that the Grundsow Lodge have their own plate.  Unfortunately the idea didn't have enough support, so the image shown here is just to commemorate the day.

 


There are some legislative updates for House Bill 1710, House Bill 1711 and House Bill 1712.  These bills appear to be moving forward.

 


Back in November of 2019, Paul Bagnarol, discovered that the Cradle of Liberty Council would be offering Eagle Scout license plates.  Now it appears that 12 or so plates have been issued.  Once again, there is no mention of this plate on PennDOT's website.  Keep your camera handy.

 

 


Here is a recent snapshot of a Support Our Troops vanity plate.  This plate series dates back to 2006.  A couple observations on this plate — this is the first one spotted with the map outline, it is also the first vanity plate seen; however, vanities with the map are often seen before serial numbered plates.  Thanks to Tom Perri for the photo.

 


Here is a mint condition Classic Car plate from Tom Firth.  The plate was likely issued in 2013 not long before the changeover to the visitPA family of plates look with Classic Vehicle as the new legend.  This change took place at C27900.  The most recent series high spotted is C46814.

 

 


Here is a 1990s vintage State Representative plate.  Despite the multiple stickers, the plate appears unused.  These plates were made available to members of the state legislature upon request.  The plate number corresponds to the representative's district number.  There are currently 203 districts.  Plates were also issued with the HR in the prefix position.  The ownership of this plate is listed as undetermined at this time.

 


Back in 1983 the state began issuing a new yellow on blue license Passenger plate.  The "Keystone State" slogan was dropped, and a new, more tourism-friendly, but grammatically poor catchphrase "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" was put in its place.  This new series did not replace the the previous '77 base but continued the serial progression starting at HAA-000.  Thanks to Tom Firth for the photo of this unused '83 plate.

 


This is a low number 1918 Dealer plate.  This plate measures 6" x 13½" — note the size difference with the longer serial number on the plate below.  Dealer plates date back to 1910 and were made with porcelain through 1915, then switched to painted steel.  The plate shown here is white on black.  This image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes.  If the owner of a plate wishes, however, I can acknowledge them also.

 


Here's a nice 1919 Dealer plate.   The red on black colors shown here are correct as PA hadn't standardized the colors for a few more years.  The plate measures 6" by 16", however, plates with fewer characters were smaller as seen on the 1918 plate above.  Thanks to Platedog for the use of this image.

 


Hard to believe these before and after plate photos.  The un-restored look may have its place for some collectors, but it's hard to argue with these results on this 1946 Tractor plate.  The serial number starting point is believed to be 0001, making this the 22nd plate produced.  The un-restored image was from Clayton Moore some years ago, and the restored photo is from Tim Gierschick.

 


Old but very nice!  This low number 1926 R-Weight Class Truck plate is very unusual as most plates seen are of the 6-caharacter variety such as R12-345 and measure 6" by 16", whereas this plate is 6" by 12".  The R-series started at R-1 and progressed to 6 characters before shifting the R to the suffix position.  This image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes.  If the owner of a plate wishes, however, I can acknowledge them also.

 


I've always been fascinated by 2-letter prefix truck plates.  Maybe it's because they are so rare, and so few have survived.  Here we have a 1948 UZ-Weight Class Truck plate.  The 2-letter prefix truck plates issued that year went from TZ00A to ZZ00A, and were issued to 3-axle (2 rear axles) trucks.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the photo.

 


Posting 1/26/2020

Here's the first of two 'plates of the week'.  This Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services plate was recently photographed by Bruce Bufalini. Here is a link to the organization's website.  Presently about 29 such plates have been issued, yet the PennDOT page of Approved Special Organizations doesn't even list the plate!  It would be an improvement if the official page would at least be up to date and reflect what's current and what's pending.  There are other organizational plates that are not listed as well. 

 


Here's the other plate of the week.  This Ridley School District has been mentioned several times recently but this is the first image of an issued plate.  There are about 22 serial numbered plates in use.  It is also one of several plates that is not listed on PennDOT's page of Approved Special Organizations.  Thanks to Tom Perri for this perfect image.

 


Here is a photo of a Pennsylvania Equine Council sample plate which was provided to Paul Bargnarol by the organization.  At present some 149 serial numbered plates have been issued.  Their plate program dates back to 2012, and plates are available to non-members.

 

 


PA Amateur Radio plates with the number 3 as the call sign indicator for this region would not be considered rare.  On the other hand, PA plates with other than 3 would be considered unusual.  The plate shown here with the call sign with 9 as the region identifier would have originally been issued to someone from Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin who later moved to PA.  Thanks to Bruce Bufalini for sharing this photo.

 


This is a very early www base Dealer plate likely issued on or close to 9/1/1999.  This plate was also likely a replacement for one the previous series Dealer plates.  The previous series progressions used A00-000A, through F99-999F, excluding C00-000C.  The G00-000G series was never needed.  The re-plating in 1999 launched the series shown here.  Thanks to Bruce Bufalini for sharing this photo. 

 


This personalized Disabled Veteran plate was recently spotted by Arthur Levine.  I'm going to guess that 1STID stands for 1st Infantry Division.  It appears that this plate does not have the sticker well.  This change was previously spotted on serial numbered plates.

 

 


Here is a new high number Mass Transit plate spotted by Brandon Sowers.  This series, which is believed to have begun in 1982, started at M/T10000.  The series has continued with that progression since the start, and now 38 years later the series is still below 50,000, which means actually less than 40,000 considering the starting point was 10-thousand.  These were also number gaps when switching to new bases in 1984 and 2000.

 


This Format 2 1937 Trailer plate shows what the PA Archivist describes as a new high number.  While the paint is not in great condition, Drewski, the owner, feels it a nice candidate for a restoration.  This plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches.  Format 1 was all numeric from 0001 to 9999, Format 2 started at A000.

 


Here's a very nice 1915 3-Star Weight Class Truck plate.  As you may know, truck plates were first issued in 1914.  During 1914 and '15 the plates were porcelain on steel.  The aluminum band on the left depicted the weight class by the number of stars ranging from 1 to 5 for the lightest to the heaviest classes.  The aluminum keystone was riveted to the plate with the words NON TRANSFERRABLE showing the MAKERS NUMBER which is the same as today's VIN number.  Thanks to Tim Geirschick for the plate photo.

 


Here are several welcome additions to the 1924 Truck photo gallery.  1924 marked the beginning of the R to Z letter classes.  1924 also saw the first use of alpha characters on Passenger plates starting with A.  So to keep the series separate, the Truck series used 8 letter classes at the end of the alphabet excluding X.  Here we have an R-overflow plate on a 6" by 12" base.  These with the R in the suffix position were used after the original series hit R99-999.  Next is a Class W plate.  While many 5-character plates measured 6" by 12", this plate with the wide W used the 6" by 15" base.  Finally the addition of this Y Class plate.  These images are from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes; however, if the owner of a plate wishes, I can acknowledge them as well.

 


 

Posting 1/19/2020

I had knee surgery this past week.  While recovering over the next couple weeks, additions to this website may be limited.

 


While this is not a new Boy Scouts of America high, it is the highest plate spotted that still retains the sticker well.  Thanks to Bruce Bufalini for the photo.  Plate 00171B/S, without the sticker well, was previously spotted by Brendan Sherry.  This organization's plate program dates back to 2007.

 


To the left and below are a couple recent veteran's plates from Bruce Bufalini.  Oft times these traffic shots aren't perfect, but always worth the effort as with this Expeditionary Forces.  This is one of those 'tweener' plates without a sticker well but still no map outline.  This plate type dates back to 1996.

 


This tough traffic shot was also taken by Bruce Bufalini.  And while it's not the first example of a vanity Vietnam War Veteran plate, it is the first one spotted with the map outline.  These veteran plates date back to 1999 when they were fully embossed and remained so until 2014 when the color graphic base was introduced.

 


This remarkable 65 year old plate is part of a matching pair of 1955 Motorboat plates.  For 1955 the series ran from 1 to at least 43609.  Starting in 1955 Motorboat plates looked much like motorcycle plates of the day except for the colors and legend.  These plates were on eBay this past week, and my thanks to eBay user snortwheeze55 for the use of the photo.  There were also Motorboat Dealer plates which used an 'X' prefix.

 


Here is a pair of 1933 Passenger plates.  The first of these shorties is a 3-digit Format 1 plate which went from 1 to 99999.  The next is a Format 2 which ran from A to Z9999.  Both plates measure 6 inches by 10 inches.  The first image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes; however, if the owner of a plate wishes, I can acknowledge them as well.  The other plate is from eBay user zekeyman50. 

 


These photos are of before and after 1916 Trailer plates.  The early photo was from Judd Clemens which I've had for several years, the new owner of the plate is Clayton Moore who refinished the plate.  He also confirms the actual size of the plate to be 6 inches by 14¼ inches.  The series started at T1 and extended to at least T427.  T+1 digit and T+2 digit plates are believed to be 6 inches by 11 inches.

 


This 1951 Trailer plate is thanks to eBay user j0hnnyo (not a typo).  It is part of Format 3 where the progression ran from 0A00 to 9Z99.  Plates measure 6" x 11".  The Archives lists 667R as the high, but in 1952 the series went to a 5 digit format at least as high as 17663.  I would not be surprised if some 5 digit plates were issued late in 1951.

 


This is a 1942 R-Weight Class Truck plate with a '43 tag.  The R weight class used 4 serial progressions that year including: R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA.  The photo gallery now has an image of each of the four serial progressions.  Thanks to eBay user PA-Collector for the use of this photo.

 


This is a 1951 Y-Weight Class Truck plate.  Unlike the '42 above, there was only a single serial progression for the Y-class — Y000A.  All plates measured 6 inches by 11 inches.  Thanks to eBay user j0hnnyo for the photo.

 

 


Posting 1/12/2020

Here's a new high Mario Lemieux Foundation plate recently spotted by Bruce Bufalini.  This plate type dates back to 2006, then at or before 01680L/F the map outline was added.  Then later between 01791L/F and 01813L/F, the logo received a facelift. 

 

 


On the far left is the latest iteration of a PA Chiropractic Association plate.  The near left plate is an example of the plates that have been in use since their beginning in 2006.  The new sample plate image was provided by Paul Bagnarol.  It is unknown if any plates have been issued with the new logo.

 


Here is a low number Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Inc. plate recently spotted by Bruce Bufalini.  These plates have been on the street since 2016, and so far according to vanity check about 170 serial numbered plates have been issued.  Bruce spotted several of these plates outside a mining company entrance in Armstrong County.

 


The Temple University Alumni Association has been in the license plate business since 1987 on the yellow on blue base.  Then around 7/3/2001 the first generation plates were replaced by the www base as shown here on this low-number plate.  Thanks to the LicensePlateKingCompany for the photo.

 


Here's a recent high Limousine plate. At first glance I didn't see the sticker well, but the photo shows that it's still there.  According to a July report, a new batch of plates will start at LM-31000, and vanity check shows the current high as LM-30950.

 


For those who watch and track Truck plates, here's the latest high from Bruce Bufalini.

 

 


Here is a 1954 Format 4 Passenger plate.  This series ran from 10A0 to 99Z99, so both 4 and 5-character plates made up this progression.  All plates measured 6 inches by 10¼ inches regardless of the number of characters.  This photo is also thanks to the LicensePlateKingCompany.

 


This is another one of those plates that looks just like another piece of rusty old steel from 1925.  There is no legend or other marking except for the E-prefix, which in this case identifies it as a Tractor plate with the 'E' symbolizing Engine.  1925 was only the second year to use alpha-prefix letters on Passenger plates, but the run only extended into the B-series, so not to be confused with this plate.  Thanks to Tim Gierschick for sharing this photo.

 


No question about this being a Tractor plate with that legend and '58 date embossed + a '63 sticker.  This would have been a very early issue based on the series which started at 100-000.  Note the presence of the tab slot which was never used and later removed somewhere between 131-000 and 132-000.  Again my thanks to Tim Gierschick for sharing this photo.

 


This is a very nice 1953 Class S Weight Class Truck plate.  Class S consisted of 5 serial progressions including: S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0, with this plate being part of the first progression.  All plates measure 6" x 10¼", and were issued as singles.  This plate photo is thanks to eBay user Tper3750.

 


Here is a pair of 1964 Truck plates.  On the far left is a low number T Weight Class plate with that class starting at T00-00A making this the 33rd or 34th plate made in this class.  Thanks to Rob Baran for the photo.  The near left YT plate is a 3-axle truck tractor which used both YT0-00A and YT0-0A0 serial progressions.  Both the 1958 and 1964 truck series used separate weight classes for 3-axle truck tractors including WT, YT and ZT.  There were also distinct classes for 3 and 4-axle straight trucks, which were not truck tractors.  This image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes; however, if the owner of a plate wishes, I can acknowledge them as well.    

 


Posting 1/5/2020

This is the latest image of an AFSCME Council 13 plate from Jordan Irazabal.  This plate type dates back to 2008.  Plate 00092A/U still had the sticker well, while 00103A/U and the plate shown here are without the sticker well.  Some 109 serial-numbered plates have been issued.

 

 


Here is a nice low number Eureka Volunteer Fire and Ambulance plate thanks to Arthur Levine.  Their plate program dates back to 2017, so from the beginning the white map outline was part of the plate.  Vanity check indicates that so far about 13 serial numbered plates have been issued.  They are located in York County. 

 


We've seen this State Senator plate before, in fact the far left photo was taken on January 4, 2011 by Eric Conner, while the near left photo is from this past December by Jordan Irazabal.  Note the 6-11 and 6-17 stickers.  This State Senator plate was issued to the senator representing the first senatorial district located in Philadelphia.  

 


This is one of those plates that at first glance you might simply pass it off as just another 5-digit Passenger plate.  Upon further scrutiny, Passenger plates did use a 5-digit format but that series started at 10-000, while this plate actually starts with the letter 'O', not the number zero.  The 'O' prefix makes this a 1926 Bus plate reading O6-875.  After 1926 alpha characters were made smaller than numbers, thus the confusion about the first character of this plate.  Need more confusion, there was also another class of Bus plates at the time with an H-prefix.  Click the link to see more.  Many thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this and so many other plate images.   

 


Needless to say this is a rare plate.  It's a 1929 Format 1 Passenger plate.  That series went from 2 to 9999 on a 6 inch by 10 inch base before adnancing to the 10-000 format and a 6 by 13 inch plate.  Thanks to Clayton Moore for the use of this photo.

 

 


Here is another 1929 Format 4 Passenger plate, which ran from A-1 to F-99, then to F999, on 6" x 10".  It should be noted that while Formats 4, 5 and 6 are shown as separate groups, the series actually progresses as one group with the alpha character being the last to advance, and the series progressing as A-1, A-2, etc. to A99-999, then B-1, etc. to F23-960.  This image is from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes; however, if the owner of a plate wishes, I can acknowledge him or her as well.

 


Here is a pair of 1941 Passenger plates.  The far left is a Format 3 which ran from 1A00 to 9Z999.  So 4-character plates measured 6" x 10" and 5-character plates were 6" x 12".  Thanks to eBay user Stationstuff for the photo.  The near left photo is a Format 4 consisting of 10A0 to 99Z99.  So again both sizes were used with this plate being 12".  Thanks to eBay user Nekollena for the use of the photo.

 


This 1949 Passenger Sample plate photo came from Paul Bagnarol.  I believe this is the last of these I have to post.  This leaves only 1925, 1931 and 1944 samples needed.  In addition to Paul, many thanks to Eric Tanner for all their help filling in the gaps.

 

 


Here is a pair of 1941 Trailer plates.  The far left plate is a needed Format 2 plate using the A000 serial format, while the near left plate is a previously undocumented format for 1941, and will be referred to as Format 3 using 0A00 as the serial format.  These image are from Worthpoint, a service I subscribed to for research purposes; however, if the owner of a plate wishes, I can acknowledge him or her as well.

 


 

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