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Thank you Paulyp99 for adding the plate. Hopefully more members will add theirs.

 

Here's a Wisconsin plate with an added 'bonus' on the back.

 

Rene

 

 

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Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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Here's another plate with a metal saving tag. It is in a rather sorry condition so I'm thinking about restoring it. On the other hand: there isn't probably another one like it.

 

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Rene

 

 


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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Awww, geez. Now there is something else I now want to keep an eye out for. Cool plates!

 

Mikie


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In Massachusetts you may reactivate a vintage car plate under the "Year Of Manufacture" MA DMV regulations. Of course there is an application to fill out, with fee. The plate number cannot be an active number, cannot have been restored and must pass a visual inspection by the DMV. Here are my two wartime vintage plates, one is on my 1941 Chevy Staff car and the other on my 1942 GPW.

 

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Always looking for 4th Fighter Group and 490th Bomb Group items.

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Thanks Scarecrow for adding those nice plates. I like the fact that they allow you to reactivate those original plates.

 

Rene


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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Tags issued in Virginia for the year 1944 were made of a pressed cardboard material (maybe soybeans)....this is a set that I have, along with the local road tax plate topper for Winchester.

 

 

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Hi everyone, I wanted to start a thread about war time license plates but in my search on the forum I stumbled across this one. Since it already has some very nice examples (especially the ones with the mini plates added) I thought it might be a good idea to try to revive this one. So I hope that everyone out there with some war time plates in their collection will add them here :).

 

In keeping with the Penna theme ;) I will add two of mine

 

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Rene

 

 

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Hi Rene, wow thanks for kick starting this thread again, been so busy for several months didn't have time to look through all the different forums, pleased to see that several other members have kick in as well with some great tags. Here's my earliest one dated 1918.

 

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In Massachusetts you may reactivate a vintage car plate under the "Year Of Manufacture" MA DMV regulations. Of course there is an application to fill out, with fee. The plate number cannot be an active number, cannot have been restored and must pass a visual inspection by the DMV. Here are my two wartime vintage plates, one is on my 1941 Chevy Staff car and the other on my 1942 GPW.

 

 

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Hi Scarecrow, thanks for adding your plates, love the additional decoration piece above your Chevy car plate, I have an Air-force one as well, sadly never been able to learn more about the numbers on it.

 

Lewis

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Tags issued in Virginia for the year 1944 were made of a pressed cardboard material (maybe soybeans)....this is a set that I have, along with the local road tax plate topper for Winchester.

 

 

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Hi Everforward, nice set of plates and in great condition , the additional top strip must be a rare piece to pick up, not seen one like that before

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Tags issued in Virginia for the year 1944 were made of a pressed cardboard material (maybe soybeans)....this is a set that I have, along with the local road tax plate topper for Winchester.

 

 

Thanks Everforward! Sorry for replying a little late but those are beautiful plates. I'm still on the lookout for some cardboard/soybean plates. :)

 

Since you are from Virginia you may like this one.

 

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Rene


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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Hi Rene, wow thanks for kick starting this thread again, been so busy for several months didn't have time to look through all the different forums, pleased to see that several other members have kick in as well with some great tags. Here's my earliest one dated 1918.

 

Lewis.

 

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Thanks, Ken. And again a Penna plate, hahaha. Nice one.

 

Rene


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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Hi Everforward, nice set of plates and in great condition , the additional top strip must be a rare piece to pick up, not seen one like that before

 

Lewis.

 

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Many thanks..! Yes the plate toppers can command quite a price when they appear, and a good set of plates themselves can bring a premium.....the 1944 motorcycle plates are scary rare and are big bucks.


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Thanks Everforward! Sorry for replying a little late but those are beautiful plates. I'm still on the lookout for some cardboard/soybean plates. :)

 

Since you are from Virginia you may like this one.

 

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Rene

Nice..! Id like to have a 42 Ford to hang that on... :)


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This is a fun thread, keep posting!


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Hi Scarecrow, thanks for adding your plates, love the additional decoration piece above your Chevy car plate, I have an Air-force one as well, sadly never been able to learn more about the numbers on it.

 

Lewis

 

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Hi Ken,

 

 

I love that one. It's interesting that it was intended to go below the plate. Perhaps a base tag went above? I am thinking that yours is a squadron number. Usually the base tags had the numbers on them for accountability and registration, but since no location is given, I am going with 194th [something] Squadron. Very nice either way!

 

Regards,

RC


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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This is a fun thread, keep posting!

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Hi everforward, thanks for your latest posts and mention of the cost of tag plate toppers, also yes I agree with you Rusty, a fun and interesting topic, here's another one of mine, I have a couple more hanging around the place when I get the time.

 

And for a change it's not a Penna one . . . . . . .

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Hi Ken,

 

 

I love that one. It's interesting that it was intended to go below the plate. Perhaps a base tag went above? I am thinking that yours is a squadron number. Usually the base tags had the numbers on them for accountability and registration, but since no location is given, I am going with 194th [something] Squadron. Very nice either way!

 

Regards,

RC

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Hi Rusty, I have tried all types of combinations of the number with Air-Corps, Air-Force, squadrons, fighters etc, etc, none of these attempts have raised any information, well not for me anyway, perhaps US members might pull up something.

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

.

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Ken, et.al:

 

Where are my manners, I had totally forgot about this one...... ;)

 

This I believe was issued at Ft. Meade and assigned to certain individuals who were allowed to have automobiles on the post. I seem to recall a small article in one of the Chin Strap newspapers about these but I have lost track of it. Anyhoo, this was the 2nd one issued, so perhaps to the asst. Division CO at the time (in 1941 that would have been BG Amos W.W. Woodcock, MD Natl. Guard...) I really dont know who it belonged to but I reckon the info is tucked away somewhere.

 

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Thank you Paulyp99 for adding the plate. Hopefully more members will add theirs.

 

Here's a Wisconsin plate with an added 'bonus' on the back.

 

Rene

 

 

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Hi Rene, that's great that the owner of the plate and car put some small detail on the rear, I try to do something similar with various pieces, as my daughter grew up I got her to name and date things that she would like to keep, it helps increase the memory of that item.

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Ken, et.al:

 

Where are my manners, I had totally forgot about this one...... ;)

 

This I believe was issued at Ft. Meade and assigned to certain individuals who were allowed to have automobiles on the post. I seem to recall a small article in one of the Chin Strap newspapers about these but I have lost track of it. Anyhoo, this was the 2nd one issued, so perhaps to the asst. Division CO at the time (in 1941 that would have been BG Amos W.W. Woodcock, MD Natl. Guard...) I really dont know who it belonged to but I reckon the info is tucked away somewhere.

 

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Hi everforward, that's a beaut, and 29th Div, you have a solid piece there. . . . . . . . . . . I visited the museum at Ft. Meade a few years back. . . . . . . . .

 

Here's another survivor I have, from Michigan

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Everforward, that's a great Ft. Meade plate. That one's extra special. Thanks for posting!

 

Ken, nice Michigan plate. You were lucky to get it properly photographed because there's a train approaching from the left.........

 

And for everyone who's planning their vacation here's a suggestion:

 

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Rene

 

 


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

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Hi Rusty, I have tried all types of combinations of the number with Air-Corps, Air-Force, squadrons, fighters etc, etc, none of these attempts have raised any information, well not for me anyway, perhaps US members might pull up something.

 

Lewis.

 

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Lewis,

 

Had a thought, could your plate topper indicate a Station number? For example my Father-In-Law, who was with the 490th BG, was stationed in Eye UK, Station 134. I checked the list of USAAF WWII UK station numbers but unfortunately it lists Station numbers 194-196 as "Non-UK". But might be a start to ID yours.


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Lewis,

 

Had a thought, could your plate topper indicate a Station number? For example my Father-In-Law, who was with the 490th BG, was stationed in Eye UK, Station 134. I checked the list of USAAF WWII UK station numbers but unfortunately it lists Station numbers 194-196 as "Non-UK". But might be a start to ID yours.

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Hi Scarecrow, thanks for your thoughts on what the numbering might be on the plaque I have, I tried checking for station numbers in the US as this is where the plaque came from, I bought it from Peter a forum member in California, drew a blank on that as you did with UK station numbers. Still a mystery at present.

 

Lewis.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Hello, I finally got around to posting a couple of war-era plates from my collection. The first plate is a 1945 soybean plate from Illinois

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