A Website for Porcelain License Plate Collectors & Enthusiasts
TOTAL KNOWN PORCELAIN VARIETIES: 2
I: PRE-STATES / CITY & COUNTY PLATES
Oregon is a state not known for porcelain plates, and it may surprise many to hear
that there are actually four known porcelain plates from the state. The first one is
a bit of a mystery - just a simple porcelain plate with the numeral 9. Typically, such
plates are not included in the porcelainplates.net archive because there is no
proof that they are even automobile license plates. However, in this case Oregon
expert Alan Betts has found evidence that he believes supports the notion that
this plate is indeed a true Oregon pre-state. #9 was registered on the first day of
registrations in 1905 to an Oldsmobile owned by Clinton Kurz of Salem. But when
he had the plate made up, he neglected to include the "ORE" as the statute
dictated. The plate surfaced in the 1960s in an old warehouse in Salem along with
another Oregon pre-state and a dated 1910 "single free delivery" plate.
The second variety of porcelain Oregon pre-state is a more traditional plate. It is
a simple white and brown porcelain plate that closely mimics the more commonly
found embossed Oregon pre-states. There are two known surviving examples of
these porcelains, as well as a photograph of a third. The highest number is #200,
and Betts feels that the company which offered these plates to motorists probably
produced them for only a short period of time in 1905 and 1906 due to poor sales.
II: STATE-ISSUED PASSENGER PLATES
III: STATE-ISSUED NON-PASSENGER PLATES
||5" x 7 1/2"
||4" x 12"