A Website for Porcelain License Plate Collectors & Enthusiasts
TOTAL KNOWN PORCELAIN VARIETIES: 1
Alaska joins Iowa, Nevada and Utah as the only states from which we know of only
one porcelain variety.
I: PRE-TERRITORIALS / CITY & COUNTY PLATES
II: TERRITORIAL OR STATE-ISSUED PASSENGER PLATES
III: TERRITORIAL OR STATE-ISSUED NON-PASSENGER PLATES
IV: ODDBALL PORCELAINS
ALASKA ROAD COMMISSION
The lone porcelain variety known from Alaska is probably the most famous
oddball porcelain known - a pretty three colored porcelain plate made in the late
twenties and early thirties and emblazoned with the distinctive U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers castle logo. According to an article written by Daniel Gibson,
photographic evidence dates the porcelains to between 1926 and 1931. Plates
from #450 and up were made of embossed steel.
These plates were used on vehicles owned and operated by the Alaska Road
Commission, which was responsible for building and maintaining roads & bridges
throughout Alaska. These porcelain plates are very scarce and I am only aware of
about 10 known examples. Gibson theorizes that there were a maximum of
300-350 porcelains manufactured, perhaps beginning with #150 and ending with
The three colors of porcelain are very unusual, joining a select few porcelain
license plates from anywhere that were ever manufactured in more than two
colors - such as the Wichita pre-states, the Kentucky 1913 passenger issue, and
various varieties of Washington state plates in 1920.
||Black & Red/Yellow
||5" x 11 1/4"