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ADP - Advertising Device Permit Dept of Highways

Motorcycle

Special Organization

Amateur Radio 

Emergency Vehicle

Motorcycle Dealer

State Officials & Dignitaries

Apportioned (Truck)

Farm Truck

Motor Vehicle Business

State Representative

Apportioned (Bus)

Fire Department

Municipal

State Senator

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Auto Manufacturer

Foreign Consul (Includes Consular)

National Guard

Suburban

Auto Wheel

Governor

Official Use

Superior Court

Boat Dock Permit

Handicapped Person / Person w/ Disability

Omnibus (OB prefix)

Supreme Court

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

Hearing Impaired

Passenger Hist. 1 (Pre-state to 1936)

Taxi

Bus-Omnibus (H prefix)

House Car / Motor Home

Passenger Hist. 2 (1937 to present)

Temporary

Cabinet

Implement of Husbandry

Permanent Trailer

Tractor

Circus Carnival Truck

Judiciary

Person w/ Disability Motorcycle

Tractor Dealer

Civil Defense

Legislative

Press Photographer

Trailer

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart)

Limousine

Purple Heart (see Combat Wounded Veteran)

Trailer Dealer

Commercial Implement of Husbandry

Lincoln University (Official)

Repair / Service Towing

Transporter

Commercial Motorcycle

Liquid Fuels Permit

Repossessor

Truck

Commonwealth Court

Mass Transit

Salvage Yard

University of Pittsburgh (Official)

Consular (see Foreign Consul)

Moped

School Bus

U.S. Congress

Dealer

Moped Dealer

School Vehicle U.S. Senate

Dealer-Farm Equipment

Motorbike Snowmobile Dealer Validation Stickers

Dealer-Multi Purpose

Motorboat Special Event Watercraft Trailer/Dealer
Dept of Forests & Waters Motorboat Dealer Special Mobile (Equipment)  

 Passenger plate lookup by year —> 

PASSENGER PLATE HISTORY PAGE 1 - Pre-State to 1936

Plates from 1937 to the present are on Passenger History Page 2

                                                                                                   

If you have pre-state or city-issued 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/

or

Eric Tanner's All About License Plate / License Plate Information http://www.allaboutlicenseplates.com/

and

Ned Flynn's February 2012 ALPCA Plates article on The Pennsylvania Pre-State Era.  Link to article, must be an ALPCA member.

Pre-State Licensing and Registrations, beginning in 1903

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed, etc?

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

Pennsylvania passed legislation in 1903 (Act 202) requiring automobiles to be registered in the prothonotary’s office (a county court officer) of one of PA’s 67 counties, and to display a rear registration number.  The display of the registration number was the responsibility of the vehicle owner.  The display devices were generally made of a piece of leather or wood with metal numbers fastened to it such as those shown here.  The home-made 1903 Pre-State tags shown here are from Berks County and were provided by Tim Gierschick. Information on the 46 tag is unknown, but the 47 has provenance.  See 1903 Registration Form.

Vehicle operators were also required to obtain a driver’s license at the county treasurer’s office by paying a fee of three dollars,  For this a driver was issued a receipt which was equivalent to a driver's license and was to be carried by the vehicle operator.  See 1904 treasure's receipt for the license fee to operate the vehicle below right. 

Philadelphia registered vehicles as well, but imposed some additional vehicle safety requirements such as horns and lights.  In addition to registering vehicles, Philadelphia in 1903 began issuing porcelain number plates.  See plate display in next section below.  These plates, however, were assigned to the vehicle operator, so were in effect a driver's license tag rather than a vehicle registration plate, even though they were mounted to the rear of the vehicle.  These 4-inch by 7-inch porcelain plates were issued between 1903 and 1906.  In 1906, following the passage of another act, the state began to issue their own porcelain plates, however, these were drivers' license plates, not registration plates.  With the state taking over the licensing process state-wide in 1906, and after some legal wrangling, the Philadelphia pre-state era had come to an end.

The state's drivers' license tags lasted from 1906 thru 1909.  1910 brought about a more conventional vehicle registration plate with makers number.  Henceforth the plates were registered to the vehicle, and not the driver.

Some of the information contained in this section was provided by Ned Flynn, or gleaned from his February 2012 ALPCA Plates article on The Pennsylvania Pre-State Era.  Link to article, must be an ALPCA member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Pre-state registration tags

from Tim Gierschick


1903 Registration Form

from Tim Gierschick


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

from Tim Gierschick


1903 Olds Mobile Manf Co, photo caption reads:

First Automobile

in Fleetwood Pa.

A. K. Seaman, owner

1903 License # 47

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

1903 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

White on blue, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101, and extend to 1554 per Eric Tanner.  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

There are known to be at least two metallic embossed plates that are sized and formatted much the same as the porcelain plates.  It is unclear if they are replacements or served some other purpose.

from Bob Connison


metallic embossed

Greg Gibson plate


John Anshant plate


Greg Gibson plate


Dave Lincoln plate

 

 

1904 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

Black on white, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101, and extend to 2382 per Eric Tanner..  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

from Ned Flynn


from Bob Connison


Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


State Museum

 

 

 

1905 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

White on red, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101, and extend to 3718 per Eric Tanner.  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

John Willard & John Anshant


from Bob Connison


from Ned Flynn


Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


John Willard & John Anshant


from Mike Sells


from Chris Paulsen

 

 

1906 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

Dark blue on yellow, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101, and extend to 2500 per Eric Tanner..  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

Dave Lincoln plate


from Bob Connison


John Willard & John Anshant

 

 

1908 Pittsburgh Issued

Recently I was contacted Eric Tanner concerning the small porcelain Pittsburgh plates that were issued in 1908 and 1909.  Eric is the current editor of Plates Magazine, and a past Archivist for ALPCA.  Eric has done some great research on early Pittsburgh vehicle registrations.  Unlike the City of Philadelphia pre-state plates which were used as drivers' licenses, the Pittsburgh plates were to be used in addition to state-issued plates as a form of taxation on vehicles.   As a result of his research, Eric has expanded that section on his website, License Plate Information,  http://www.allaboutlicenseplates.com/, and I would encourage anyone interested to read it.  He has also discovered that the vehicle registration records for 1909 were published in the Pittsburgh Press.  Next week I plan to post these 1909 registration records.  The photos shown here were provided courtesy of Eric Taylor, and are from his website, http://porcelainplates.net/.  The white on blue plate was issued 1908 1-seat automobiles, while the white on light green were issued for a 1908 2-seat auto.
Format 1, 1 to 420 serial range, 1-seat passenger vehicles, white on blue porcelain, size 4-inch by 6-inch.

Format 2, 1 to 941 serial range, 2-seat passenger vehicles, white on gray or slate porcelain, size 4-inch by 6-inch.

1-Seat Automobiles

from Eric Taylor


2-Seat Automobiles

from Eric Taylor

 

 

1909, Pittsburgh Issued

Format 1, 1 to 435 serial range, 1-seat passenger vehicles, white on green porcelain, size 4-inch by 6-inch.

Format 2, 1 to 1300 serial range, 2-seat passenger vehicles, white on brown porcelain, size 4-inch by 6-inch.

Format 3, these plates were issued as overflow plates that were issued after the 2-seater plates reached 1300. Plates 501 to 435 serial range, were issued to 2-seat passenger vehicles, and were therefore white on green porcelain, size 4-inch by 6-inch.  No photo.

Link to 1909 registration records

1-Seat Automobiles

from Eric Taylor


2-Seat Automobiles

from Eric Taylor

 

 

 

 

Passenger Plates

It should be noted that the state first issued plates in 1906, and plates from 1906 thru 1909 were assigned to the driver rather than the vehicle. 

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", legend on right

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7", all others legend on top

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, 10000 to before 11516, 6½" x 10½"

Format 5, Before 11516 to over 13968 , 6½" x 10½", with larger strap slots.

Format 1

 


from Tim Gierschick


Bill Krellner collection

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


both 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", legend on right

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7", all others legend on top

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, 10000 to 20000, 6½" x 10½"

 

Format 1

from Eric Tanner at the

Swiegart Museum


Bill Krellner collection


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

John Willard & John Anshant

 

Format 3

Sweigart Museum via Eric Conner

 

Format 4

from Don Bucchi


from Jake Eckenrode via Mike Sells

 

 

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", legend on right

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7", all others legend on top

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, 10000 to 25054, 6½" x 10½"

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

Image needed

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from Drew Steitz


 

 

Format 4

from Don Bucchi


from Worthpoint

 

 

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", legend on right

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7", all others legend on top

*Format 3, 1000 to unknown, 6½" x 8¼"

*Format 4, some 4-digit plates, 6½" x 10½"

Format 5, 10000 to 34299, 6½" x 10½"

*Note that some 4-digit plates use the 6½" x 8¼" base while others use the 6½" x 10½" version.  

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

Image needed 

 

Format 2

from Eric Conner

 

Format 3

unknown

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

Bill Krellner collection


Clayton Moore plate


from Worthpoint


Repainted & renumbered

from Worthpoint

 

 

1910

Plates beginning in 1910 were assigned to the vehicle rather than the driver and bore the makers number.  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 to 33198, 6" x 14" 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

Image needed 

Format 2

from Jordan Irazabal


from Tim Gierschick

 

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 to 44272, 6" x 14", plates up to 30794 have flat edges, plates from 31022 and above have beveled edges.  Some plates below this group of numbers were reissued on the beveled edge base likely as replacements.  

 

 

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

Image needed 

Format 2

from Worthpoint


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

Sweigart Museum via Eric Conner


from Mike Sells

 

Format 4

from Americana1900

 

Format 5, flat edge

from Worthpoint


 Format 5, beveled edge

from Shane Oake


from Tim Gierschick


from Mike Sells


from Worthpoint

 

 

1912

Plates were white on wood-grain porcelain.  Serial number from 1 for the Governor, 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 to 59365, 6" x 14"

Format 1, Governor

from Eric Tanner


Format 1

from John Willard


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

John Willard & John Anshant

 

Format 3

From Don Bucchi

 

Format 4

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

John Willard/John Anshant plate


from Worthpoint

from Worthpoint

 

 

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", some plates were re-fired over 1912 plates.  The 9497 plate shown here is an example.  The markings on the reverse of the plate were as used on early 1912 plates, not as shown on the 9620 plate below.

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

Format 5, 20000 to 79892, 6" x 14" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makers Number

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

Image needed

 

Format 2

John Willard & John Anshant


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from Tim Gierschick


Format 3, re-fired 1912

from Ned Flynn

9497 reverse

from Ned Flynn


Format 3 on '13 base

from Platedog

9620 reverse

from Platedog

 

Format 4,

from Steve Ondik

16384 reverse

from Steve Ondik


re-fired 1912

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

John Anshant/John Willard plate


from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

 

 

1914 Passenger

Plates were white on black porcelain.  Serial numbers ran from 1 for the Governor, then 2 to 115000 on pneumatic tired vehicles.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1914 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs. 

Manufacturer:  Brilliant Mfg Co., 1035 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia, PA. stenciled on rear of plate

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 to 39999 reserved for truck and solid rubber tired vehicles with space for weight class band to the left of the legend, plates were 6" x 15¼".  (Click here for 1914 Truck info. However, plates above 30000 from this series were issued to cars and did not have a weight strip attached.  This was in order to use some of the excess plates that had been manufactured and not needed for trucks. 

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

Format 7, 100000 to 115000, 6" x 15", then began using tags in the Format 5, 30000 series.

 

Data updated with help from Eric Tanner.  

 

 

 

Format 1, Governor

from Harry Nowak


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

from Tim Gierschick

 

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

from John Willard


John Anshant/John Willard plate

 

Image added 7/17

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

from Steve Ondik


Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4

10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

  

Format 5

20000 to 39999, 6" x 15¼"

from old2new4u


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 6

30000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

from Jeff Hinkle


from eBay user ouily2013


John Anshant/John Willard plate

 

Format 7

100000 to 115000, 6" x 15"

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1915 Passenger

Plates were white on sky blue porcelain.  Serial number from 1, for the Governor to at least 167673.  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, 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 to 29999 reserved for truck series with space for weight class band to the left of the legend, 6" x 15¼".  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 to 167673, 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

1 to 9


Format 1, 6" x 8"

from Tim Gierschick

Image needed 

Format 2, 6" x 10"

from John Willard


from Tim Gierschick

 

Image added 7/17

 

Format 3, 6" x 12"

State Museum


from Steve Ondik

3781 reverse

from Steve Ondik


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4, 6" x 13"

John Anshant/John Willard plate

 

Format 5, 6" x 15¼"

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 6, 6" x 14"

 

 

Format 7, 6" x 14"

from Tim Gierschick


highest known number

Ned Flynn plate

 

 

1916 Passenger

Plates were black on orange painted steel.  Serial number from 1, for the Governor 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, 1 to 999, 6" x 11"

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

Format 3, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 14"

Format 4, 30000 to 231191, 6" x 16"

(20000 to 29999 were reserved for trucks)

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1, 2-digit

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 3-digit

from Bob Connison


from Jeff Hinkle

Image needed

 

Format 2

from Bongocruiser2


anonymous

 

Format 3

from jk*antiques

 

Format 4, 5-digit

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 4, 6-digit

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


 

 

 

1917 Passenger

Plates were white or light cream on brown painted steel.  Serial number from 1, for the Governor 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, 1 to 999, 6" x 11"

Format 2, 1000 to 1999, 6" x 13½"

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

Format 4, 100000 to 312598 , 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Jeff Hinkle

Image needed 

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle


Different #2 die used

from Worthpoint

 

Format 3, 4-digit

from Bongocruiser2


Format 3, 5-digit

from Clayton Moore


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 4

Different #2 die used

from Robby Crowder


Different #4 die used

from Worthpoint


from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

1918 Passenger

Plates were white on black painted steel.  Serial number from 1, for the Governor 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, 1 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1000 to 99999, 6" x 13½"

Format 3, 100000 and to 367812, 6" x 16"

 

 

Format 1

unknown source


unknown source


from Tim Gierschick


John Willard/John Anshant plate

 

Format 2, 4-digit

from Bongocruiser2


Format 2, 5-digit

from Clayton Moore


State Museum

 

Format 3

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


from Rob Baran

 

 

1919 Passenger

Plates were red on black painted steel.  Serial number from 1, for the Governor 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, 1 to 999, 6" x 10", strap slots on top

Format 2, 1000 to 99999, 6" x 13½", strap slots on top, bolt holes top and bottom

Format 3, 100000 to 449444, 6" x 16", strap slots on top, bolt holes top and bottom

 

Unknown format

from Kettering Enterprises

 

Format 1, Governor

from Ned Flynn


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


John Willard/John Anshant plate


John Willard/John Anshant plate

 

Format 2

from Jeff Lesher


from Jeff Hinkle


from Tim Gierschick


State Museum

 

Format 3


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


from Rob Baran

 

 

1920 Passenger

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 13½"

Format 4, 100-000 to 531-893 , 6" x 16"

 

Note: According to 1920 Motor Vehicle Registration Records, the number block from 1-000 to 1-199, was registered to, or reserved for the PA State Highway Department.  It is unknown if all state-owned vehicles were registered to the PA State Highway Department.  It is also unknown if there were additional blocks of numbers reserved for automobiles or trucks.

  

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


from Jeff Hinkle

Image needed

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Format 3

from State Museum

 

Format 4

from Drew Steitz


from Worthpoint

 

 

1921 Passenger

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, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13½"

Format 4, 100-000 to 635-273, 6" x 16"

 

 

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Worthpoint

Image needed

Format 2

from Bongocruiser2


from Pl8source

 

 

Format 3

from Securityautoparts

 

Format 4

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


from John Willard

 

 

1922 Passenger

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" (strap slots only, no bolt holes)

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12" (strap slots & bolt holes, some plates have the spacing of the strap slots and bolt holes closer to the corners of the plate than others.  It is unknown if this changed occurred part way through production or if slot & hole placement is random.)

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13½" (strap slots & bolt holes)

Format 4, 100-000 to 764-797, 6" x 16" (strap slots & bolt holes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE Format 3: It is unknown why three plates with the same serial number would have been issued.

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format, 10 - 999

from Tim Gierschick


from Rob Baran

Image needed

 

Format 2, 1-000

from Rob Baran


top comparison

bottom comparison

from Rob Baran


from Eric Tanner

 

Format 3

3 plates w/ same number

from John Willard

from John Willard

from John Willard


Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle


from Mike Alfonse

 

 

1923 Passenger

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 13½"

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

Format 5, 883-073 to 989-997, later dies, 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

1 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


unknown source

Image needed 

Format 2

from Bongocruiser2


from Eric Tanner

 

Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

America on Wheels


Runkle's Notary

 

 

Format 5

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

1924 Passenger

Dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to 1-000-000, then A1 to over A-45000.  Alpha plate formatting is subject to verification.  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", plates have bolt holes & strap slots to between 32350 and 34396, no strap slots on higher plates.

Format 3,  100-000 to 999-999, 6" x 15", plates have bolt holes & strap slots to at least 575-096, no strap slots on higher plates.

Format 4,  1-000-000, 6" x 17¼", not an issued series

Format 5,  A-1 to A-48195, 6" x 15" (all plates believed to be same size)

Sample -   000, 6" x 10", believed to be first year for samples

 

Format 1, single digit, 10"

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

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1

10 to 99


Format 1, 3-digit, 10"

from eBay user V16


Format 1, 4-digit, 10"

from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


from stonewall-gold-mining-company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image needed  

Format 2, w/ strap slots, 12"

from Tim Gierschick


from Pinkocelot


Format 2, w/o strap slots

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3, w/ strap slots, 15"

America on Wheels


from Mike Alfonse


Format 3, w/o strap slots

from Pl8source

 

Format 4, 17¼"

Sweigart Museum

 

Format 5, 15"

A-1 to A-999


from Vern Kreckel


from Jaska Börner


from Rob Baran

Image(s) needed

Sample

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1924 to 1929 Passenger, alpha-numeric group

1924 was the first year for passenger plates to use an alpha-numeric serial format.  Notice that with each succeeding year, an additional letter was needed to meet the demands of the ever increasing number of passenger vehicles.  Also note that beginning in 1926 letters were smaller than numbers.  It should be noted that the alpha character is the last character to advance.

from Rob Baran

 

 

1924 to 1930 Samples

Group of Samples plates from 1924, the first year for samples, to 1930, the last year for samples using the 000 format.

from Jeff Lesher

 

 

1925 Passenger

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.  Alpha characters were the same size as numeric characters.  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 999-999, 6" x 15"

*Format 5, A-1 to B-99, 6" x 10"

*Format 6, A-100 to B-999, 6" x 12"

*Format 7, A1-000 to B9-999, 6" x 13"

*Format 8, A10-000 to B64-987, 6" x 15"

*It should be noted that while Formats 5, 6, 7 and 8 are shown as separate groups, the series progressed as one group with the alpha character being the last character to advance, and the series progressing as A, A-1, etc. to A99-999, then B-1, etc. to B57-475.  The plate size gets longer as the number of characters increases.

Format 5 Format 6 Format 7 Format 8
6" x 10" 6" x 12" 6" x 13" 6" x 15"
A-1 to B-99 A-100 to B-999 A1-000 to B9-999 A10-000 to B64-987

 

Sample - 000, 6" x 10"

 

Format 1, 2 to 99

from John Willard

via Tim Gierschick


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 3

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

A to B-99

Image needed

Format 6

from Worthpoint

 

Format 7

from Worthpoint

 

Format 8


Format 8, narrow font

from Tim Gierschick


from Rob Baran

 

Sample

from Jeff Lesher

 

 

 

1926 Passenger

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, 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 999-999, 6" x 15"

*Format 5, A-1 to C-99, 6" x 10"

*Format 6, A100 to C-999, 6" x 10" w/o dash, & 6" x 12" w/ dash

*Format 7, A1-000 to C9-999, 6" x 13"

*Format 8, A10-000 to C75-422, 6" x 15"

*It should be noted that while Formats 5, 6, 7 and 8 are shown as separate groups, the series progressed as one group with the alpha character being the last character to advance, and the series progressing as A, A-1, etc. to A99-999, then B-1, etc. to C65-060.  The plate size gets longer as the number of characters increases.

Format 5 Format 6 Format 7 Format 8

6" x 10"

6" x 10" w/o dash

6" x 12" w/ dash

6" x 13"

6" x 15"

A-1 to C-99 A100 to C-999 A1-000 to C9-999 A10-000 to C79-216

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

Sample - 000, 6" x 10"

 

Format 1

2 to 9


Format 1, Good Roads

from Tim Gierschick


from Mike at Pl8source

Image needed

 

Format 2

from Mike Alfonse


from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5, 10"

John Willard, John Anshant plate

 

 

Image added 6/19

Format 6, 10" w/o dash

Bill Krellner collection


from Vern Kreckel


Format 6, 12", w/ dash

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 7, without a dash

from Worthpoint


Format 7, with a dash

Greg and Peg from Aged2PerfectionStore1 on Ebay

 

Format 8 alpha-numeric

Runkle's Notary plate


from Shane Rudy


from Rob Baran

 

Sample

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1927 Passenger

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, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

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

*Format 4, A-1 to A-99 then A1000 to D999, 6" x 10"

*Format 5, A1-000 to D9-999, 6" x 13"

*Format 6, A10-000 to D62-268, 6" x 15"

*It should be noted that while Formats 4, 5 and 6 are shown as separate groups, the series progressed as one group with the alpha character being the last character to advance, and the series progressing as A-1, A-2, etc. to A99-999, then B-1, etc. to D62-268.  The plate size gets longer as the number of characters increases.
Format 4 Format 5 Format 6
6" x 10" 6" x 13" 6" x 15"
A-1 to D999 A1-000 to D9-999 A10-000 to D62-268

Sample - 000, 6" x 10"

Format 1

2 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


from Bongocruiser2


from Chuck Sakryd

Image needed

 

 

 

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Format 3


from Jim Moini

 

 

Format 4

from Clayton Moore


Bill Krellner collection


from Worthpoint

 

Format 5

State Museum plate

 

Format 6

from Jake Eckenrode


from Rob Baran

 

Sample

Worthpoint via Eric Tanner

 

 

1928 Passenger

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, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

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

*Format 4, A1 to E999, 6" x 10"

*Format 5, A1-000 to E9-999, 6" x 13"

*Format 6, A10-000 to E28-326, 6" x 15"

*It should be noted that while Formats 4, 5 and 6 are shown as separate groups, the series progressed as one group with the alpha character being the last character to advance, and the series progressing as A-1, A-2, etc. to A99-999, then B-1, etc. to E28-326.  The plate size gets longer as the number of characters increases.

The Format 3 blue on silver plate shown below to the right is 6"x 15" and believed to be a test plate, and is made of aluminum.

Sample - 000, 6" x 10"

Format 1

2 to 9


Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


Bill Krellner collection


from eBay seller Kope2112



both from Bongocruiser2


from Chuck Sakryd


from Tim Gierschick

Image needed

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3


from Jim Moini

 

Format 4

Bill Krellner collection


Format 4

A-10 to E-99


from SteinwayB7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image needed

Format 5

from Jeopardyboy1

 

Format 6

from Pl8source


from Rob Baran

 

Sample

from Jeff Francis


from Licenseplatekingcompany


Test

from John Willard


from Jeff Lesher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1929 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A-1 to over F23-000, etc., legend 1929 then PENNA along top border flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

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

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

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

*Format 4, A-1 to F-99, to F999, 6" x 10"

*Format 5, A1-000 to F9-999, 6" x 13"

*Format 6, A10-000 to F23-960, 6" x 15"

*It should be noted that while Formats 4, 5 and 6 are shown as separate groups, the series progressed as one group with the alpha character being the last character to advance, and the series progressing as A-1, A-2, etc. to A99-999, then B-1, etc. to F23-960.  The plate size gets longer as the number of characters increases.

Sample - 000, 6" x 10"

Format 1

from David Abla


from Clayton Moore


from Tim Gierschick


from Worthpoint


from Bongocruiser2

 

Format 2

from Worthpoint


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 3

from Joe Bosche

  

Format 4, A-0, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle


from Platedog


Format 4, A-00, 10"

from Ned Flynn


Format 4, A000, 10"

from Worthpoint

 

Format  5

from Clayton Moore

 

Format  6

from Jim Moini



from Rob Baran

 

Sample

from Jeff Lesher

 

 

1930 Passenger

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 - A1 to Z9999

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 8CJ55

Sample - 000, 6" x 10"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1, 2-digit, 10-inch

from Tim Gierschick



Format 1, 3-digit, 10-inch

anonymous


Format 1, 4-digit, 10-inch

from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


from Chuck Sakryd


Format 1, 5-digit, 12-inch

from Jim Moini

Image needed 

Format 2, A0, 10-inch

from Jeff Hinkle


John Willard, John Anshant plate


Format 2, A00, 10-inch

from Worthpoint


Format 2, A000, 10-inch

anonymous


Format 2, A0000, 12-inch

from Joe Bosche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 6/19

 

Format 3, 0A, 10-inch

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 0A0, 10-inch

unknown source


Format 3, 0A00, 10-inch

from Pinkocelot


Format 3, 0A000, 12-inch

AACA Museum plate

 

Format 4, 00A, 10-inch

from Bob Connison


Format 4, 00A0, 10-inch

from Powerfullhammer


Format 4, 00A00, 12-inch

America on Wheels plate


colors reversed

 

 

Format 5, 000A, 10-inch

from Worthpoint


Format 5, 000A0, 12-inch

from Shane Oake

 

Format 6

from ebay user contorakes1234

 

Format 7, AA, 10-inch

from John Willard


Format 7, AA0, 10-inch

from Bryan Hummel


from Nick Smith


Format 7, AA00, 10-inch

from John Willard


Format 7, AA000, 12-inch

from Vic Baker


 

 

 

 

 

Format 8

0AA, 10-inch


Format 8

0AA0, 10-inch


Format 8, 0AA00, 12-inch

from Tudor32

 

Image needed

 

Image needed

 

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1931 Passenger

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".

Several one and two digit plates with unpainted aluminum features over a dark blue background are known to exist.  The #1 and 3 shown here are such plates, also UA pictured below.

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A1 to Z9999

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 6AH79

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

 

Format 1, 10", aluminum

from Clayton Moore


from John Willard


Format 1, 10", steel

from Tim Gierschick


from Jeff Lesher


from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


unknown source


Format 1, 12"

from Tim Gierschick

Governor's plate or not?  Read the magazine article about this plate.

 

Format 2, A to Z, 10"


Format 2

A0 to A9


Format 2, A00, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 2, A000, 10"

America on Wheels plate


Format 2, A0000, 12"

from Joe Bosche

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image needed

 

 

Format 3, 0A 10"

from Ed Burr


Format 3, 0A0 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 0A00 10"

from ebay user Donovan1998


Format 3, 0A000, 12"

from ebay user 1bidder

 

Format 4, 00A, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 00A0, 10"

alex-kollectibles-antiques


Format 4, 00A00, 12"

from Deb Kaczmar

 

Format 5, 000A, 10"

Runkles Notary


Format 5, 000A0 12"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 6, 12"

from Jim Moini

 

Format 7, AA, 10", aluminum

from John Willard


Format 7, AA, 10", steel

from John Willard


Format 7, AA0, 10"

from Bryan Hummel


from Nick Smith


Format 7, AA00, 10"

from Fred Carlton


Format 7, AA000, 12"

from Kenny Kuhns

 

Format 8

0AA, 10"


Format 8

1AA0, 10"


Format 8 1AA00. 12"

Bill Krellner collection

 

Image needed

 

Image needed

Sample

from Mike Sells

 

 

1932 Passenger

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 - A1 to Z9999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ99, issued first, then AA100 to ZZ999

Format 8 - 0AA to 3BK09

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1, 2-digit, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 2-digit, 10"

Bill Krellner collection


Format 1, 3-digit, 10"

Bill Krellner collection


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 4-digit, 10"

Sweigart Museum / Eric Conner


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 1, 5-digit, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd

Image needed

Format 2, A, A1, 10"

late Jake Eckenrode collection

via John Anshant


Format 2, A00, 10"

from eBay user kope2112


Format 2, A000, 10"

from eBay user Mintcandy621


Format 2, A0000, 12"

from Bob Connison

 

Format 3, 0A, 10"

from Jeff Lesher


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 3, 0A0, 10"

from Pl8source


Format 3, 0A00, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 0A000, 12"

from ebay user Jpaiewons

 

 

 

Format 4, 00A, 10"

from Paul, eBay user ipl8


Format 4, 00A0, 10"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 4, 00A00, 12"

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 5, 000A, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 5, 000A0, 12"

from Pl8source

 

Format 6, 12"

from John Willard

 

Format 7, AA, 10"

from jeopardyboy1


Format 7, AA0, 10"

from Bryan Hummel


U.S. Senator?

from John Anshant


Format 7, AA00, 10"

Runkle's Notary



Format 7, AA000, 12"

 

 

Format 8

0AA to 3BK9


Format 8 to 3BK09

from Worthpoint

Image(s) needed

Sample

from Mike Sells

 

 

1933 Passenger

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".  Note some plates had the legend reversed reading 1933 PENNA.

Format 1 - 1 to 99999*

Format 2 - A to Z9999*

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999*

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ & AA1 to ZZ99

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

*Some plates have reversed legend.

Format 1, 1-9, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1

10 to 99


Format 1, 100 to 999, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 1, 1000 to 9999, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 1, 10000 to 99999, 12"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, reversed legend

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image needed 

Format 2

A to Z


Format 2

A0 to A9


Format 2, A00, 10"

late Jake Eckenrode collection

via John Anshant


from Worthpoint


Format 2, A000, 10"

from eBay user Zekeyman50


Format 2, A0000, 12"

Normal H

from John Willard


Format 2, reversed legend

from Mike Alfonse


reversed legend

Runkles notary


reversed legend

normal U

from Worthpoint


reversed legend

low U

from Worthpoint


reversed legend

from Worthpoint


from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Image(s) needed 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 6/19

 

Format 3, 0A, 10"

John Willard, John Anshant plate


Format 3, 0A0, 10"

from eBay user rqb507


Format 3, 0A00, 10"

eBay user hildenbrandmilitaria


Format 3, 0A000 12",

reversed legend

from Worthpoint


Format 3, normal legend

from Joe Bosche


America on Wheels

 

 

Image replaced 6/19

 

Format 4, 10"

from PA plate collector Paul Fry


from ebay user carstuffstore


Format 4, 12"

from Pl8source

 

Format 5, 12"

from Glenn Timmons


Inverted H

from Worthpoint


Format 5, 10"

from ebay user Scrane2006

 

Format 6, 12"

from Dennis Miglicio

 

 

 

Format 7, 10"

1st H inverted

from John Anshant


from Sarge / Klassy Karz


from Jeff Hinkle


from Worthpoint

 

Format 8

from licenseplatekingcompany

 

Sample

from Jeff Hinkle

 

This was an experimental or test plate, made of aluminum with a reflective year tab riveted to the plate.  The color is burnt orange or copper, while the embossed features are not painted.  The reverse is also painted orange.  The tab appears to contain the year, 33, and a serial number A25369.  Plate measures 6" x 10".

Test

from John Lemons

 

 

1934 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, 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".  Serial number dies were new in 1934.  New serial number dies were used beginning in 1934.

Format 1 - 1 to 9999, 6" x 10" & 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A to Z999, 6" x 10" & A1000 to Z9999, 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z99, 6" x 10" & 1A000 to 9Z999, 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z9, 6" x 10" & 10A00 to 99Z99, 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10" & 100A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

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

Format 7 - AA to ZZ & AA1 to ZZ99, 6" x 10"

Format 8 - AA100 to YL795, 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1, 2-digit, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 3-digit, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 4-digit, 10"

from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


Format 1, 5-digit, 12"

from  John Anshant


America on Wheels

Image needed

Format 2, 10", single letter

from Eric Tanner


Format 2, 10", A0

from Worthpoint


Format 2, 10", A00

from Jeff Hinkle

from Scott Leitheiser


Format 2, 10", A000

from Graham Ham, West Australia


Format 2, 12", A0000

from Powerfullhammer

 

Format 3, 10", 0A

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 3, 10", 0A0

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 10", 0A00

from James Andreucci


Format 3, 12", 0A000

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4, 10", 00A

from John Willard


Format 4, 10", 00A0

unknown source


Format 4, 12", 00A00

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 5, 10", 000A

from Worthpoint


Format 5, 12", 100A0

from jeopardyboy1

 

Format 6

John Willard & John Anshant

 

Format 7, 10", AA

from John Willard


Format 7, 10", AA1

from Forrest Kauffman


Format 7, 10", AA10

from John Willard


Same format as above

1st H inverted

from Ed Levine

 

Format 8, 12", AA100


from eBay user rocket4spd1v42

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1935 Passenger

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" & 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A to Z999, 6" x 10" & A1000 to Z9999, 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z99, 6" x 10" & 1A000 to 9Z999, 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z9, 6" x 10" & 10A00 to 99Z99, 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10" & 100A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

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

Format 7 - AA to ZZ99, 6" x 10" & AA100 to ZZ999, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - 0AA to 9BD99, both sizes

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

1 to 9


Format 1, 2-digit, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 3-digit, 10"

from Josh Vanchure


Format 1, 4-digit, 10"

from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


from Bongocruiser2


from Chuck Sakryd


Format 1, 5-digit, 12"

from Yosteveyo

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 Format 2, 10", A0


 Format 2, 10", A00

from Theoutfittersnd5


Format 2, 10", A000

from Tim Gierschick


Format 2, 12", A0000

America on Wheels

 

 

Format 3

0A to 9Z


Format 3, 10", 0A0

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 10", 0A00

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 12", 0A000

Runkles Notary

Image needed

Format 4, 10", 00A

from eBay user Ykessa


Format 4, 10", 00A0

from Joe Bosche


Format 4, 12", 00A00

from Jim Moini

 

Format 5, 10", 000A

from John Willard


Format 5, 12", 000A0

from Stephen, ebay user ohghcllc

 

Format 6, 12", 0000A

from ebay user 1982boova

 

Format 7, 10", AA

John Willard/John Anshant plate


from John Willard


Format 7, 10", AA1

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 7, 10", AA00

from eBay user rqb507


from Ed Levine


Format 7, 12", AA000

From Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 8, 10", 0AA0

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 8, 12", 0AA00

from Powerfullhammer

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1936 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1936 then PENNA along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 -  21001 to 99999, 6" x 12" Note: a block of plates in the 31000 range was reserved and marked as OFFICIAL USE ONLY.

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

Format 1, 12", 21001

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 10", A100

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 2, 12", A1000

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

Format 3, 10", 1A00

from Jeff Hinkle



Format 3, 12", 1A000

from Joe Bosche


from Jim Moini

 

Format 4, 10", 10A0

from Pinkocelot


Format 4, 12", 10A00

Runkles Notary

 

Format 5, 10", 100A

from Worthpoint

 

Format 6, 12", 100A0

from James Andreucci

 

Format 7, 12", 1000A

America on Wheels

 

Format 8, 10", AA10

from Jeff Francis


Format 8, 12", AA100


 

 

Format 9, 10", 1AA0

from eBay user Bgibso29


Format 9, 12", 1AA00

repainted wrong color

from Wayne Tyler


from Worthpoint

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

Plates from 1937 to present are on Passenger History Page 2

 

* Some statistical data thanks to Eric Tanner.

 

 

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John McDevitt, Walnutport, PA

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