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#51 trenchrat1918

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:42 PM

Mobil Gas 'Buy Defense Bonds' plate on fiberboard

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:32 AM

Thanks Trenchrat for adding some beautiful plates. I especially like the defense bonds one. Do you have any idea if this was supposed to be attached to a car?

 

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:49 AM

Thanks Trenchrat for adding some beautiful plates. I especially like the defense bonds one. Do you have any idea if this was supposed to be attached to a car?

Rene



Hello Rene, yes I believe that it was supposed to go on a car. It is the same size as a regular plate and the holes all lineup. It has the Mobil Oil symbol on it so it may have been a giveaway or you could purchase at your local station, hopefully someone with a lot more knowledge can weigh in. I have always assumed that it would go on the front of a car as some states like Michigan only require a rear plate.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:37 AM

Mobil Gas 'Buy Defense Bonds' plate on fiberboard

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Hi Wes, thanks for adding your plates and another soybean plate, still don't have one of those. Thanks also for adding the Defense Bond plate, that's encouraged me to add this Navy recruiting plate, it appears to have some age to it and would be nice if I could attribute it to WWII period if possible, perhaps the use of the word ' Service ' might give a clue.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:05 PM

Very nice additions gentleman. All of these help illustrate the other side of the war, that is sometimes elusive to see compared to the combat area of it.



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 05:15 AM

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Hi Wes, thanks for adding your plates and another soybean plate, still don't have one of those. Thanks also for adding the Defense Bond plate, that's encouraged me to add this Navy recruiting plate, it appears to have some age to it and would be nice if I could attribute it to WWII period if possible, perhaps the use of the word ' Service ' might give a clue.

Lewis.

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Hi Ken, I did a quick search but not much came up. There are a few examples for sale and they are advertised as 40s plates but I don't know how accurate that info is. 

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 05:21 AM

Unfortunately I don't have any special plates to show so here is a standard Missouri '44 plate. 

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:26 AM

I find those soybean plates interesting. In this day of eco-friendly materials, you would think something along those lines would have been put to use in mainstream products. Just when I'm thinking it may be time to throttle back on collecting, something like these come along and make me want to find one.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:58 AM

Thank you, everyone, for posting some cool plates. I find the way each state approached the metal shortage very interesting. Some states issued metal tags some used soybean fiber plates and some just ignored the problem and kept on doing what they did before the war.

Does anyone have an example of a restamped/overstamped plate? Apparently, some states were already making plates in pairs when the decision to was made to only use a rear plate. The 2nd plate was often flattened and restamped and then issued. Here is a picture I had on my computer, unfortunately, I do not remember where the photo came from.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:22 AM

Thank you, everyone, for posting some cool plates. I find the way each state approached the metal shortage very interesting. Some states issued metal tags some used soybean fiber plates and some just ignored the problem and kept on doing what they did before the war.

Does anyone have an example of a restamped/overstamped plate? Apparently, some states were already making plates in pairs when the decision to was made to only use a rear plate. The 2nd plate was often flattened and restamped and then issued. Here is a picture I had on my computer, unfortunately, I do not remember where the photo came from.

Haven't seen these before. Thanks for posting.

 

This raises another question (well, for me at least  :) ) Has anyone ever seen a 1943 dated plate? I'm under the impression that these were not made at all due to metal shortages and that the tags were used instead. Am I correct?

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 02:04 PM

Haven't seen these before. Thanks for posting.

This raises another question (well, for me at least :) ) Has anyone ever seen a 1943 dated plate? I'm under the impression that these were not made at all due to metal shortages and that the tags were used instead. Am I correct?

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There are currently a couple of 1943 restamped South Carolina plates on everyone's favorite auction site right now. I would post the link but it's not letting me at the moment, maybe someone else will have better luck.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 04:26 PM

Thank you, everyone, for posting some cool plates. I find the way each state approached the metal shortage very interesting. Some states issued metal tags some used soybean fiber plates and some just ignored the problem and kept on doing what they did before the war.

Does anyone have an example of a restamped/overstamped plate? Apparently, some states were already making plates in pairs when the decision to was made to only use a rear plate. The 2nd plate was often flattened and restamped and then issued. Here is a picture I had on my computer, unfortunately, I do not remember where the photo came from.


I had thought that 1944 was the only year for soybean fiber plates in Virginia, but I was wrong here is a set of Virginia truck plates made of soybean board from 1942, pretty early in the war for a state to be on board with this. It also explains what they did in 1943 merely an addition of a corner tag stamped with the 1943 year indicating the owner has paid his road tax. These are ultra cool but very rare, especially in this shape.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:12 PM

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Hi everyone, such an interesting topic for me, and I thought I would share this photograph I just found showing military Jeeps with pressed metal plates dated 1947, another style of plate to be looking for while we are out there searching for additional plates for our collections.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 09:15 AM

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Hahahaaaaa, well I visited a friend this afternoon with a holiday home over here in Normandy, he had a couple of plates up on the wall and first up is yet another PENNA plate, dated 1937.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 09:20 AM

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I visited a friend this afternoon with a holiday home over here in Normandy, he had a couple of plates up on the wall and although this plate doesn't really fit into the background of this thread ' WWII plates and saving metal ' I thought it interesting as he bought it in Georgia whilst visiting the Toccoa museum and Toccoa is shown on the plate.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:12 AM

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I visited a friend this afternoon with a holiday home over here in Normandy, he had a couple of plates up on the wall and although this plate doesn't really fit into the background of this thread ' WWII plates and saving metal ' I thought it interesting as he bought it in Georgia whilst visiting the Toccoa museum and Toccoa is shown on the plate.

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Interesting plate. I had no idea they used these way back in 1664!
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:48 PM

Well, let's see if we can keep this thread going..........what is noticeable about this Kansas plate is that it is relatively small compared to other '44 plates from other states. Maybe still a way to save metal.

 

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:28 PM

Well, let's see if we can keep this thread going..........what is noticeable about this Kansas plate is that it is relatively small compared to other '44 plates from other states. Maybe still a way to save metal.

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Cool plate, do you have measurements? While surfing the web tonight I found a site that has the types of wartime plates listed by state and year and they say that Kansas produced a full sized 1942 plate and a tab in 43 then small plates in 44 and 45. When I figure out how to do it I will link the page to this thread. Wes

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:36 PM

<a href="http://wwiijeepparts.com/index.html"><img src="http://wwiijeepparts...nGREENdrive.gif" width="99" height="36" border="0" name="Brians Military Jeeps of WWII" alt="Go to Brians Military Jeeps of WWII at www.Drive.To/WWII"></a>

Here is the link to a cool site I found tonight they have a full list of wartime plates produced by state along with lots of pictures of military plates, toppers, and restamped plates. The page is not the easiest to navigate but it has a ton of information. Wes

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:13 PM

Thanks for the link,Wes! Great site with lots of info.

 

The measurements of the Kansas plate are: width 10 inches (25,5 cm), height just under 4,5 inch (11 cm)

 

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 02:57 AM

<a href="http://wwiijeepparts.com/index.html"><img src="http://wwiijeepparts...nGREENdrive.gif" width="99" height="36" border="0" name="Brians Military Jeeps of WWII" alt="Go to Brians Military Jeeps of WWII at www.Drive.To/WWII"></a>

Here is the link to a cool site I found tonight they have a full list of wartime plates produced by state along with lots of pictures of military plates, toppers, and restamped plates. The page is not the easiest to navigate but it has a ton of information. Wes

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Hi Wes, thanks for the link, I took a quick look and then had to laugh when I spotted one of my photographs that I had posted here on this forum a few years ago, bottom row centre, a farmers field we found in France around 1976. Oh how I wish we could still find fields like that now . . . . . . . I have mentioned it before probably at the time that I posted that photograph. Sat in a field on another farm were three abandoned Jeeps, when we walked over to look at them one of them was a rare model four wheel steer example, again how I wish we had bought it off the farmer back then . . . . . .

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 04:42 PM

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Hi Wes, thanks for the link, I took a quick look and then had to laugh when I spotted one of my photographs that I had posted here on this forum a few years ago, bottom row centre, a farmers field we found in France around 1976. Oh how I wish we could still find fields like that now . . . . . . . I have mentioned it before probably at the time that I posted that photograph. Sat in a field on another farm were three abandoned Jeeps, when we walked over to look at them one of them was a rare model four wheel steer example, again how I wish we had bought it off the farmer back then . . . . . .

Lewis.

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Lewis, finding your photograph on there is very amusing considering he has warnings all over his site requesting people ask permission before using his photos and material.

I have to shake my head at all of the missed opportunities over the years. Either you don't have the knowledge to know what you're looking at or lack the money to buy when you do know, oh well hindsight is 20/20. Wes

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 05:40 AM

The Maine family has expanded  ^_^

 

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 07:38 AM

In North Dakota 1943 you only got a steel plate if it was a new car. All the rest were paper stickers attached to your windshield. Both are very valuable now.



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Posted 05 October 2018 - 03:40 PM

My brothers, sister and I were sifting through the "old homestead" and came across a pair of my grandparents license plates from the war years. My brother got one and I got the other. I thought these were made from some sort of fiber board but I like the soybean story better!

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