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MARCH, 2009 - 1926 HEALTH BUREAU MILK LICENSE
This plate is yet another previously unknown example of a long run of similar
plates thought to hail from Rochester, New York. This EBAY find is the latest
example of these plates still using the terminology "Health Bureau." At some
point after this, but before 1929, the wording changed to "Health Department."
MARCH, 2009 - 1914 UNIDENTIFIED
This plate was dug out of an old dump site by the Caney River near Bartlesville,
Oklahoma. It is very likely an Oklahoma porcelain, but we cannot be certain,
especially due to the site's close proximity to Kansas. My guess is that the plate
reads "OAK" and is an abbreviation for Oakhurst, OK - a town not too far away.
MAY, 2009 - AMARILLO, TX
This EBAY find boasts the 77th different jurisdiction tile (Amarillo) known to have
been used on porcelain pre-states from Texas. Furthermore, it is only the second
surviving example to my knowledge of the extra long six-tile bases (a six-tile
Dallas plate showed up in 2008). Note also the unusual extra-wide "TEXAS" tile.
MAY, 2009 - 1923 CARTMAN
Much like the 1926 Health Bureau plate listed above, this porcelain Cartman plate
turned up on EBAY, filling in yet another missing year in the long runs of these
various types of plates thought to hail from Rochester. As for Cartman plates
specifically, it is the fifth known year to have survived.
MAY, 2009 - SUMTER, SC
This plate was found by a non-collector, becoming the first known porcelain from
Sumter, and the 30th known variety from South Carolina. It is the first new South
Carolina porcelain to surface in more than a year. The plate boasts the black &
white color scheme and "S.C." prefix typical of so many South Carolina porcelains.
JUNE, 2009 - 1916-17 KEY WEST, FL
This plate surfaced on EBAY, becoming only the second known plate from Key
West, and the first example of a Private issue from 1916-17. The only other known
Key West plate is a 1916-17 "Public" plate. Oddly enough, this plate measures a
tiny 2 1/2" x 4" inches, whereas the Public plate is much larger.
JULY, 2009 - UNKNOWN 1911 HAWKER
Once again, a previously unknown porcelain turned up on EBAY - this time a 1911
Hawker plate from an unidentified jurisdiction. There is a nearly identical 1915
plate known, as well as similar dray plates - all presumably from the same
AUGUST, 2009 - 1927 LONG ISLAND MOTOR PARKWAY
For many years, it was believed that the Golf Club variants of the Long Island
Motor Parkway porcelains began in 1928. However, when this orange & blue 1927
Parkway plate showed up, it became the second known variety from that year -
suggesting that the Golf Club plates were in use at least as early as 1927.
AUGUST, 2009 - NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Appearing very similar to the USDI porcelains, this National Park Service plate
showed up on EBAY. It has the curious mark "Silica Signs St. L. May 24" on the
reverse, apparently indicating that the plate was produced in 1924. The number
seems oddly high, perhaps suggesting that these plates began at #1000.
SEPTEMBER, 2009 - PROVIDENCE, RI 1928-29 LICENSED TRUCKING
Providence Trucking plates are known as early as 1924 and as late as 1942.
However, they are quite scarce and not all years are known. In fact, there were
nine missing years in that span, until this 1928-29 plate turned up and knocked
one off the list.
SEPTEMBER, 2009 - CLINTON, MA 1914-15 LICENSED JOBBER
Clinton porcelains came in at least three varieties - Peddler, Milk and Jobber.
Jobber porcelains were completely unknown until a collector in New Jersey
turned numbers 15 and 16 up. These plates are further distinguished by the fact
that they are the only known porcelains from anywhere to bear the term "Jobber."
SEPTEMBER, 2009 - UNKNOWN 1929 MILK
For many years there has been a long run of milk licenses known from an
unidentified jurisdiction, thought by some to be Fall River, Massachusetts. These
plates were issued as early as 1911 and stretched nearly 20 years. 1928 was the
last known year until this 1929 plate showed up.
OCTOBER, 2009 - EAST LIVERPOOL, OH 1924 HEALTH DEPT.
This fascinating little plate turned up at the famed automotive swap meet in
Hershey, PA. It is particularly notable for being the first new locally-issued
porcelain license plate from Ohio to turn up in decades. All other examples of
porcelain city plates from the state have been long known in ALPCA circles.
OCTOBER, 2009 - 1909 SCAVENGER
Like the Milk and Cartman plates that have turned up this year (see above), this is
one more in the long run of porcelains that hail from an undetermined New York
jurisdiction - probably Schenectady or Rochester. This is only the second known
Scavenger plate to surface, the other dating to 1908
OCTOBER, 2009 - 1913 CHICKASHA, OK
Found in the rough from an advertisement in a Chickasha newspaper, this plate
backdated the known run of Chickasha porcelains by one year, as 1914 was
previously the earliest surviving example. With this new discovery, collectors
are now aware of four distinct collectible types of porcelains from the city.
DECEMBER, 2009 - 1925-25 WORCESTER, MA
This plate showed up on EBAY around Christmastime and surprised collectors
who had never seen this year before. The diamond-shaped passenger issue for
1924-25 was known, but the rectangular Hawker plate was not. This plate now
becomes the 12th known year of Worcester Hawker & Peddler porcelains.
Gallery - 2009 Discoveries
This page illustrates a handful of some of the more significant discoveries of
2009. For other significant finds of recent years, please visit the following: