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1920

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
1-prefix: 11 - 115-013
2-prefix: 21 - 218-671
3-prefix: 31 - 37-159
4-prefix: 41 - 42-118
5-prefix: 51 - 51-411
6-prefix: 61 - 61-676
7-prefix: 71 - 7-143



There were two configurations of plates: (Type 1) "COMMERCIAL" at the top and "PENNA" at the bottom and height is 7", and (Type 2) "PENNA COMMERCIAL" at the bottom and height is 6". Plate widths are as follows:
- 1 - 4 digits: 12"
- 5 digits: 13 1/2"
- 6 digits: 16"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: white on dark blue

(Type 1; 7" x 12")
From Jeff Lesher


(Type 1; 7" x 13 1/2")
From Tim Gierschick


(Type 2; 6" x 16")
From Worthpoint
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1921

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
1-prefix: 11 - 116-013
2-prefix: 21 - 218-143
3-prefix: 31 - 39-393
4-prefix: 41 - 41-852
5-prefix: 51 - 51-526
6-prefix: none observed
7-prefix: 71 - 7-186



All plates measure 6" x 16"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: black on gold

From MNTCompany


From Eric Tanner


From Worthpoint
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1922

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
1-prefix: 11 - 120-960
2-prefix: 21 - 212-244
3-prefix: 31 - 310-451
4-prefix: 41 - 44-342
5-prefix: 51 - 52-331
6-prefix: 61 - 61-470
7-prefix: 71 - 7-745



All plates measure 6" x 16"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: brown on cream

From Rob Baran


From Bill Krellner


From Rob Baran


From Rob Baran
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1923

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
1-prefix: 11 - 127-398
2-prefix: 21 - 214-052
3-prefix: 31 - 37-308
4-prefix: 41 - 41-281
5-prefix: 51 - 56-188
6-prefix: 61 - 63-523
7-prefix: none observed



Later plates have bolt slots that are positioned closer to the edges of the plate, see #125-616 to the right

All plates measure 6" x 16". At least two plates observed with dimensions of 6" x 15" but they both appear to be cut down. See #56-188 to the right.

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

From Jeff Lesher


From Joanne Subeck Crowe


(15" width, see notes)
From Rob Baran


(Wide spacing on bolt slots)
From Worthpoint
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1924

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
R class: R1 - R99-999, then 1-R - 2011R
S class: S1 - S24-832
T class: T1 - T12-954
U class: U1 - U11-793
V class: V1 - V4551
W class: W1 - W5803
Y class: Y1 - Y698
Z class: none observed



Plates measure:
- 2 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 12"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: dark blue on gold

From Dave Lincoln


From Worthpoint


From Clayton Moore


From Eric Tanner

(4 characters but 12" width, see notes)
From Eric Tanner


("W" plates sometimes used the next-widest size due to the width of the letter "W")
From Worthpoint
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1925

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
R class: R-1 - R99-999, then 1-R - 90-87R
S class: S-1 - S25-276
T class: T-1 - T14-333
U class: U-1 - U11-835
V class: V-1 - V5-799
W class: W-1 - W6-624
Y class: Y-1 - Y6-002
Z class: Z-1 - Z844



Plates measure:
- 2 - 3 characters: 6" x 10"
- 4 characters: 6" x 12"
- 5 characters without hyphen: 6" x 12"
- 5 characters with hyphen: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

From Jeff Lesher


From Jeff Lesher


From Worthpoint


From Jeff Lesher


From Bill Krellner


From Bob Connison


From Rob Baran

("W" plates sometimes used the next-widest size due to the width of the letter "W")
From Shane Rudy
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1926

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
R class: R-1 - R99-999, then 1-R - 134-30R
S class: S-1 - S31-210
T class: T-1 - T15-474
U class: U-1 - U4-731
V class: V-1 - V10-463
W class: W-1 - W7-410
Y class: Y-1 - Y-202
Z class: none observed



Plates measure:
- 2 - 3 characters: 6" x 10"
- 4 characters: 6" x 12"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: dark blue on gold

From Worthpoint


From Worthpoint


From Peter Cohen


From Pl8source.com


From Eric Tanner

("W" plates sometimes used the next-widest size due to the width of the letter "W")
From Eric Tanner
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1927

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
R class: R-1 - R99-999, then 1-R - 72-45R
S class: S-1 - S42-129
T class: T-1 - T16-704
U class: U-1 - U12-612
V class: V-1 - V13-096
W class: W-1 - W7-932
Y class: Y-1 - Y5-565
Z class: Z-1 - Z2-113



Plates measure:
- 2 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

From Drewski


From Jeff Lesher


From eBay (jjijil6)


From Tim Gierschick


From Eric Tanner


From eBay (egostarlynx)


From Rob Baran

("W" plates sometimes used the next-widest size due to the width of the letter "W")
From Eric Tanner
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1928

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
R class: R-1 - R99-999, then 1-R - 11-82R
S class: S-1 - S53-745
T class: T-1 - T20-813
U class: U-1 - U6-472
V class: V-1 - V12-427
W class: W-1 - W6-041
Y class: Y-1 - Y1-938
Z class: Z-1 - Z3-149



Plates measure:
- 2 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: dark blue on gold

From Jeff Hinkle


From Worthpoint


From Worthpoint


From Rob Baran


From Bill Krellner

("W" plates sometimes used the next-widest size due to the width of the letter "W")
From Bill Krellner


(Historic picture of a 1928 "Z" plate in use)
From Mike Alfonse
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format
TEST PLATE

This plate is believed to be a test or prototype plate.

From Jeff Lesher
   

1929

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial ranges:
R class: R-1 - R99-285
S class: S-1 - S69-961
T class: T-1 - T22-861
U class: U-1 - U12-649
V class: V-1 - V11-326
W class: W-1 - W8-646
Y class: none observed
Z class: Z-1 - Z1-073



Plates measure:
- 2 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

From Worthpoint


From Peter Cohen


From Eric Tanner

("W" plates sometimes used the next-widest size due to the width of the letter "W")
From Tim Gierschick
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format