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FEBRUARY, 2013 - 1915 CLINTON, MA JUNK LICENSE
Together with the Milk license below, this plate was found by intrepid
Massachusetts collector Alan Young. Prior to the discovery of this plate, we were
only aware of porcelain Peddler, Jobber and Milk licenses from Clinton. Like the
others, Junk plates may well have been issued for several years as well.
FEBRUARY, 2013 - 1917 CLINTON, MA MILK LICENSE
Found with the Junk plate above, this discovery becomes the third known year
for Milk Licenses from the city of Clinton. A decade ago, the only known Clinton
porcelains were Peddler plates from 1915 and 1916. Today we've now identified 8
different Clinton porcelains used on 4 different classes of vehicle.
MARCH - UNDATED WACO, TX
Although pre-1917 Waco porcelains were already known, this particular plate is
fascinating because the serifed font style of the lettering is unique. I have seen
literally hundreds of Texas porcelains and yet this is the only one ever
documented with this distinctive lettering.
APRIL - 1918-19 SPRINGFIELD, MA
Little by little, collectors have been finding new years of Springfield porcelains
and filling in our knowledge of just when these plates were issued. This 1918-19
plate is notable because it was the last remaining unknown year. We can now
positively document 13 annual issues between 1915-16 and 1927-28
APRIL, 2013 - 1914 SCHENECTADY, NY MILK LICENSE
This plate is the latest example to surface of the numerous classes of license
plates issued by Schenectady, New York. Interestingly, it carries an "R" suffix
which we have never seen before and have no idea what it represents. Other
known milk licenses have similar letters which are also unexplained.
JUNE, 2013 - 1926 LEE COUNTY, NC FOR HIRE
From 1922 through 1926, it appears that all 100 North Carolina counties issued
For Hire plates. However, only about a third of these counties are represented in
the known plates. This Lee County 1926 version is the first For Hire to surface
from that county.
SEPTEMBER, 2013 - 1915 HERNANDO COUNTY, FL FOR HIRE
This striking black and yellow Hernando plate surprised collectors because it was
the first For Hire version to surface from the county for any year. Prior to its
discovery, Hernando was known for three annual issues from 1915 through 1917,
but all of them were private varieties.
OCTOBER, 2013 - 1915 SUMTER COUNTY, FL FOR HIRE
This plate was found by Florida collector Chuck Westphal among a small hoard
that he found buried in Sumter County. All plates that he found were from 1915,
but it included this previously unseen For Hire variety with the county name
spelled correctly. Incorrect 1915 For Hires have been known for some time.
OCTOBER, 2013 - 1913 WALTON COUNTY, FL FOR HIRE
The third new Florida porcelain to surface in only two months, Walton 1913 plates
were only known on Private bases before this one turned up. This 1913 For Hire
now becomes the fifth different porcelain type to have been issued by Walton
DECEMBER, 2013 - 1909 LITTLE ROCK, AR MOTORCYCLE
Perhaps the most stunning new discovery of 2013 came at the very end of the
year in the form of an EBAY auction. Little Rock porcelains were known to have
been first issued in 1909 and there are 5 different porcelain plates known from
the city. But this little cycle plate is the first motorcycle to surface from any year.
Gallery - 2013 Discoveries
This page illustrates a handful of some of the more significant discoveries of
2013. For other significant finds of recent years, please visit the following: