Massachusetts License Plates

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Massachusetts License Plates has the honor of being the first state in the union to issue license plates in 1903.  The first example had MASS AUTOMOBILE REGISTER on top of the license plate.  Beginning in 1903 through 1915, Massachusetts license plates were made of porcelain and numbers were painted on. There is no written record of early Massachusetts license plates.

The first graphic to appear on license plates from Massachusetts was an embossed codfish on the bottom of the 1928 issue.  This was in honor of commercial fishing in the state and to promote the fishing industry.  Massachusetts fishermen were horrified to see the codfish on the 1928 license plate swimming away from the word MASS and many superstitious fishermen viewed this as bad luck.  This error was corrected on the 1929 Massachusetts commercial license plate where the codfish actually swam toward MASS.  There was another symbol embossed/stamped on the bottom of 1926, 1930 and 1933 Massachusetts license plates – a horizontal line through a circle, which some may interpret as a rising sun or the planet Saturn.

Massachusetts was one of the wealthiest states in the union in the early days of the automobile and many collectors of fine automobiles hail from the state.  Like Iowa, Washington and Maryland, Massachusetts license plates were utilitarian and simple, but because of history, extremely popular with car collectors.  Today, one of the most popular license plates in the state is the translucent green on retro-reflective white license plate first issued in 1977.  Massachusetts issued its first retro-reflective license plate in 1967 –blue on retro-reflective white.

Massachusetts License Plates has the honor of being the first state in the union to issue license plates in 1903.
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REPLICA PLATES FOR JAPANESE CAR COLLECTORS

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REPLICA PLATES FOR JAPANESE CAR COLLECTORS

REPLICA PLATES FOR JAPANESE CAR COLLECTORS. It is not often that small American manufacturers export products to Japan.  However, Licenseplates.tv has built a solid reputation by recreating authentic look embossed/stamped license plates in original colors for Japanese car collectors.  There is a growing group of antique car collectors in Japan who have restored old Japanese, American and European autos –with typical Japanese tradition for precision and originality.  Japanese license plates are permanently attached to vehicles and are shredded when the vehicle is junked or exported.  For this reason, old Japanese plates are rare find anywhere in the world.

Faced with the dilemma of not having authentic old Japanese license plates which can be restored, Japanese car collectors have turned to Licenseplates.tv to manufacture authentic look antique license plates.  These collectors email old photos to Licenseplates.tv with unique Hiragana and Prefecture characters.  Licensplates.tv implements its unique technologies to virtually replicate old Japanese license plates with precision.  To satisfy fastidious Japanese car collectors, Licenseplates.tv also recreated the correct colors used on old Japanese license plates.  Most Japanese plates sold on the internet have a single Hiragana and Prefecture (Nagano)  painted in Black –including border of plates.  Licenseplates.tv is the only manufacturer which has been selected to supply replica Japanese license plates –for export to Japan.  The reason Licenseplates.tv is the choice of Japanese car collectors lies in our unique technology to accurately replicate old Japanese license plates.

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LICENSEPLATES.TV MANUFACTURES REPLICA PLATES FOR JAPANESE CAR COLLECTORS
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LICENSEPLATES.TV MANUFACTURES REPLICA PLATES FOR JAPANESE CAR COLLECTORS
LICENSEPLATES.TV MANUFACTURES REPLICA PLATES FOR JAPANESE CAR COLLECTORS
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Michigan License Plates

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In 1903, the Detroit City Council legislated laws to register motor vehicles at a time when many automobile manufacturers were establishing facilities in Detroit. The first Michigan State license plates were issued in 1910. From 1910 through 1914, Michigan’s license plates were made of porcelain. Embossed steel license plates were fist issued in 1915. Due to the effects of the Great Depression, Michigan issued half-year license plates because the folks could not afford the full year cost of registering their vehicles in 1938. This system continued until 1946. In 1942, there was the option to extend the 6 month plate to a 12 month plate by the use of a dated strip.

In 1954, the first slogan appeared on the Michigan license plate “WATER WONDERLAND”. This embossed slogan was used until 1964. >From 1965 to 1967, Michigan used the embossed slogan “WATER – WINTER WONDERLAND” in two lines on bottom of the license plate. The year was also embossed on each license plate because plates were changed annually. The years 1968 through 1982 (except 1976, 1977 & 1978 where the red, white and blue bicentennial license plate was issued) the slogan “GREAT LAKE STATE” was embossed on the bottom of Michigan’s license plates. The first undated Michigan license plate (no year embossed) was issued in 1983 with the slogan “GREAT LAKES” embossed at the bottom.

The bicentennial license plate issued in 1976 was the first in Michigan to have artwork (white stars and 76 on a blue background). Michigan was slow to introduce retro-reflective 3M sheeting on their license plates. Reflective white lettering was introduced in 1971 and continued to 1983 – the 1983 plates was renewed with year decals until 2007. Michigan introduced a retro-reflective license plate for Antique Car Collectors in 1996 and this plate is still valid. The first retro-reflective license plate issued to all vehicles in Michigan was introduced in 1998, featuring a graphic of the state’s famous Mackinac Bridge with the slogan “Great Lakes Splendor”.

 

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Maine License Plates

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Maine License Plates enacted motor vehicle registration as early as 1905 when the first license plates were issued.  Maine license plates issued between 1905 and 1913 were undated, but the state name was prominent. The license plates Maine issued from 1905 to 1915 were made of porcelain.

In 1936, the slogan VACATIONLAND appeared on the bottom of all license plates and this is still done today.  However, Maine has issued many special interest license plates and the bottom is embossed or screen printed with many slogans, including: VETERANS, DISABLED VETERANS, A NATIONAL TREASURE, COMBAT WOUNDED, RIDE SAFE, COACH, MUNICIPAL, FIREFIGHTER, FORMER POW, LOBSTER, TRAILER, SUPPORT LOCAL AGRICULTURE, FORMER POW, THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES (breast cancer), SUPPORT WILDLIFE and others.

In 82 years of issuing license plates, Maine’s license plates were simple and practical. In 1987, Maine introduced a license plate base with a pink-red lobster on retro-reflective white background. The words Maine and Vacationland were screened in red. This lobster license plate is the first of its kind to appear anywhere in the world.

The first Maine license plate issued in 1905 was intended to be valid for the life of the motor vehicle.  Due to road salt and other factors, the state of Maine found it necessary to re-issue license plates each year for the same vehicle. The 1914 Maine license plate had year a marker, so each year Maine motor vehicles were issued with new license plates to show a valid year. The 1946 and many 1948 license plates were made of solid brass because steel was more expensive than brass. However, in 1949 Maine changed to aluminum license plates because of the higher cost of brass.

Maine was one of the first states to adopt retro-reflective white sheeting for license plates. This practice continues today.

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Maine License Plates

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Maine enacted motor vehicle registration as early as 1905 when the first license plates were issued.  Maine license plates issued between 1905 and 1913 were undated, but the state name was prominent. The license plates Maine issued from 1905 to 1915 were made of porcelain.

In 1936, the slogan VACATIONLAND appeared on the bottom of all license plates and this is still done today.  However, Maine has issued many special interest license plates and the bottom is embossed or screen printed with many slogans, including: VETERANS, DISABLED VETERANS, A NATIONAL TREASURE, COMBAT WOUNDED, RIDE SAFE, COACH, MUNICIPAL, FIREFIGHTER, FORMER POW, LOBSTER, TRAILER, SUPPORT LOCAL AGRICULTURE, FORMER POW, THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES (breast cancer), SUPPORT WILDLIFE and others.

In 82 years of issuing license plates, Maine’s license plates were simple and practical. In 1987, Maine introduced a license plate base with a pink-red lobster on retro-reflective white background. The words Maine and Vacationland were screened in red. This lobster license plate is the first of its kind to appear anywhere in the world.

The first Maine license plate issued in 1905 was intended to be valid for the life of the motor vehicle.  Due to road salt and other factors, the state of Maine found it necessary to re-issue license plates each year for the same vehicle. The 1914 Maine license plate had year a marker, so each year Maine motor vehicles were issued with new license plates to show a valid year. The 1946 and many 1948 license plates were made of solid brass because steel was more expensive than brass. However, in 1949 Maine changed to aluminum license plates because of the higher cost of brass.

Maine was one of the first states to adopt retro-reflective white sheeting for license plates. This practice continues today.

 

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Maryland License Plates

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Maryland License Plates registered 9,000 vehicles from 1904 to 1910 when the state first started to issue license plates. In 1910, Maryland license plates were manufactured in a thin metal which was crudely embossed by hammering over wooden dies. From 1911 through 1914, license plates of Maryland were made of porcelain. Steel replaced porcelain in 1915. The first slogan to appear on Maryland’s license plates was TERCENTENARY to celebrate three hundred years of statehood in 1934. The state name Maryland or MD and the year was always embossed on license plates. The slogan DRIVE CAREFULLY appeared on all Maryland license plates starting in 1942 and ended in 1947.

Maryland embossed an expiration date on its license plates beginning in 1936 through 1947 and the expiration date was always: 3-31-year (2 digits of year). The expiration date reappeared in 1957 and ended in 1970 (03-31-70).

Maryland did not introduce retro-reflective 3M foil over an aluminum substrate until 1986 and this continues today to meet the US Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates. The first license plate with graphics was issued in 1976 to commemorate the nations Bi-centennial celebrations. Maryland’s first wide scale license plate with graphics was issued in 1993 and this issue is valid today.

In 1910, Maryland had no reciprocity laws with other states and because of its closeness to Washington, D.C. and Virginia, many vehicles were seen with three license plates (Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia). Maryland agreed in 1923 to enact reciprocity laws with these states. Maryland’s license plates were made by the state’s prison system, expect for 2005, due to violence. The state of New Jersey prison system manufactured Maryland’s license plates.

Maryland has a large car collector population and many “old car shows” where collectors gather and show off their classic vehicles from January to December. Collectors have chosen replica license plates from Licenseplates.tv ates for showing their vehicles and have won many Best in Class or Best of Show trophies.

 

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