Help with this old municipal license plate please

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Bookahtoo, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    I know that Massachusetts started assigning municipal plates in 1931. Beyond that, I can't find any information about this plate. I'm interested in what year it's from, what kind of vehicle it would have been on, etc., etc., etc. Can anyone help with some resources? The regular license plate collecting sites haven't been helpful.



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  2. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    Gee, similar official license plates were used in Massachusetts in 2013 and today. I'm not sure if the blue is the same shade. Scroll down the following page to see at least 2 other MA official license plates that have a M## - ###.

    Scroll down about 1/4 of the way to the 9th row of plates. The one in the middle "Current (July 2013) Mass.... municipal official plate" M81-591. Also about 1/3th of the way down to the 15th row: M70-591.

    An official MA plate from 1970 in the same blue and white with 6 figures starting with M##-### is at the bottom of this page:

    Here is a page on the chronological history of Massachusetts plates. Don't know if it has any help for you.

    --- Susan
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  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I wonder whether the shape - those rounded upper corners - and the lack of a surrounding white line are the important features, rather than the number itself.
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  4. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Thanks Susan. They do seem to have the same information on them. Mine are hand painted - I don't know if that makes any difference. The plates weren't punched out either - you can tell.
    Bakersgma - I was wondering about the shape as well.
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  5. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    Book, is there any serial number on the front or back of plate? It seems one may be able to date a plate from its serial number.

    --- Susan
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  6. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    Hmmm.... hand painted, I missed that as well as the unusual cut shape. Looking at MA plates of all kinds, none of them are cut in the same shape as this one. I wonder if it is the real deal. The overall condition of worn and grimy certainly looks to be old, but that paint certainly doesn't look faded. The only mention about official plates on that state of MA Registry of Motor Vehicle page about the history of plates is in the chronological listing near the bottom of the page with:

    "1955 Consular Corps plates issued for dignitaries and other government officials."

    Here are plates back to 1903. MA was the 1st state to issue plates. Note none are obviously hand painted as yours or cut like yours.

    --- Susan
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  7. TheOLdGuy

    TheOLdGuy Well-Known Member

    Book, I was wondering about that, too. Six digits, especially for municipals would be pretty recent. Meaning yours had to be very much abused.
    Can you make out what it says upper right? A date?
    It might well be just someone was playing with a make believe plate.
  8. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    There's no date on the blue part. There are some numbers stamped into the metal under the orange paint but I can't read them.

    Thanks for your help everyone. I think I'll just label this a mystery/fantasy plate and slap a price on it. Someone will buy it - I did.
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  9. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    I've never seen an "official" license plate that wasn't punched out. It looks like this was on a snow plow or some heavy duty vehicle that got a lot of road salt and muck. Maybe they lost a plate and made one themselves. Naughty people.
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  10. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Sure looks home-made, hand painted to me.....along with the unevenness of the metal shape as well........maybe for someone's private race track.....or something of the like.....
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  11. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    I think this is a home made plate and possibly made for a toy or soap box type car.
  12. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    That orange metal projection looks like it was for a DPW type vehicle.
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