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FEBRUARY, 2010 - 1928 SCHENECTADY, NY HEALTH BUREAU MILK PERMIT
This plate was found by a bottle digger behind a dairy in Schenectady. This is
significant because it lends circumstantial evidence to the theory that these
plates were issued in Schenectady. It is the last of the long run of milk plates to
use the term "Bureau" and the only one to use the word "Permit."
MARCH, 2010 - UNDATED NEWBERRY, SC
Only the second known example of a Newberry porcelain to surface, this plate is
small and black (both relatively unusual) and bears the emblem of the Baltimore
Enamel & Novelty Company on the reverse. It marks the first new South Carolina
porcelain to emerge in 10 months and becomes the 31st known variety overall.
MARCH, 2010 - 1912 SCHENECTADY, NY LICENSED CARTMAN
This latest plate in the long line of various porcelains now believed to have been
issued in Schenectady, NY turned up at a Pennsylvania auction. This Cartman
plate is notable because it pre-dates the next earliest known year by six years,
suggesting that Cartman plates were issued annually for at least 13 years!
MAY, 2010 - UNDATED RICHLAND, SC
The second new South Carolina to surface in the last two months, this beautiful
Richland plate surprised collectors with its tri-colored format - the only such
example known from South Carolina. Like many other S.C. porcelains, this new
Richland discovery bears the emblem of a private company.
JULY, 2010 - UNDATED DALLAS, TX DAIRY LICENSE
When this Dallas Dairy Permit showed up at the Arlington, TX ALPCA Convention, it
came as a great shock to porcelain license plate collectors. Up to this point, the
only known Texas porcelains were the familiar pre-state kit plates. This Dallas
plate appears to be much later, perhaps dating to the 1940s.
JULY, 2010 - 1916 WOOD COUNTY, TX
There are approximately 80 different known porcelain tiles that were produced
and used on Texas pre-state kit plates. They are mostly a collection of cities and
counties, although one "Cadillac" tile is known as well. This Wood County plate,
however, is the only known plate to carry a date tile.
JULY, 2010 - UNDATED KNOXVILLE, TN
Tennessee is known for a wide variety of pre-state plates and for a long run of
porcelain city plates from the city of Memphis. However, when a digger
unearthed this undated Knoxville plate, it demonstrated that other cities issued
city plates too. It seems likely that this is a pre-state plate dating to before 1915
JULY, 2010 - UNDATED BEAUFORT, SC
When a bottle digger found this plate in a Beaufort, South Carolina dig site, it
became the third new South Carolina porcelain to show up in four months. It is
highly unusual for a number of reasons - it is small (perhaps a motorcycle), is one
of only two red porcelains and is one of only two plates known to carry a border.
JULY, 2010 - 1917-18 STAMFORD, CT TRUCKMAN
When this plate showed up on EBAY, it became the sixth known variety of
porcelain known from the city of Stamford. A single 1919-20 Truckman is also
known, suggesting that this particular class of Stamford porcelain was used for at
least three years.
JULY, 2010 - 1917-18 STAMFORD, CT VENDOR
When four of these 1917-18 Vendor license plates surfaced (including a pair),
collectively they became the seventh different porcelain variety from Stamford.
Interestingly, Vendor plates are the most common class of plate known, with four
of the seven varieties bearing this term (either as "Vender" or "Vendor.")
JULY, 2010 - 1925 BANGOR, PA ONE-HORSE TEAMSTER LICENSE
When this plate was purchased, the seller said it came off of an old wagon in a
barn in Bangor, PA. This is interesting because it is circumstantial confirmation
that these plates do indeed hail from Pennsylvania, something we have long
assumed but not proven. It is the latest of eight known porcelains from Bangor.
JULY, 2010 - 1921 SCHENECTADY, NY LICENSED HUCKSTER
The second new variety of these long plates to surface in the past six months,
this 1921 Huckster plate became only the third known year of Licensed Huckster
plates known. These plates, as well as numerous other classes or similar-looking
porcelains, are thought to have been issued by the city of Schenectady, NY.
AUGUST, 2010 - 1916 SCHENECTADY, NY LICENSED HUCKSTER
Just one moth after the 1921 Huckster plate above showed up, this 1916 Huckster
plate surfaced. This plate is especially interesting because it became the earliest
known Licensed Huckster plate, pushing the origins of this class of porcelain
back to at least 1916.
OCTOBER, 2010 - UNDATED KANSAS MOTORCYCLE
Kansas is known for having a few unexplained porcelains. These are all thought
to be prototypes of some sort dating to the mid to late teens. However, before
this plate showed up, all of the surviving examples were large passenger-sized
plates. This distinctive green motorcycle plate is the only small version known.
OCTOBER, 2010 - HILL COUNTY, TX
This Hill County, Texas pre-state porcelain kit plate is second new Texas variety to
surface this year. The Hill County porcelain tile used on this plate is now the 87th
different known Texas jurisdiction tile to be seen. This plate is also distinctive for
the placement of its tiles, including a blank tile, a county tile & a state tile.
NOVEMBER, 2010 - 1956-1958 VALLEY STREAM, NY
When these three Valley Stream, NY porcelains showed up at a Florida antique
show, they shocked New York collectors, who had no idea such plates existed.
Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of these plates is the incredibly late dates
of issuance - 1956, 1957 & 1958.
NOVEMBER, 2010 - 1927 MASSACHUSETTS ODDBALL
This plate makes no sense at all. Massachusetts issued embossed metal plate in
1927 and had not used porcelain for a dozen years. Thus, it is most likely that this
plate belonged to a motorist who lost his or her original state-issued plate and
decided to manufacture this porcelain plate as a replacement.
DECEMBER, 2010 - UNDATED PERRY, OK
The first new Oklahoma porcelain to surface in more than a year - since the
discovery of a Chickasha 1913 - this black-bordered Perry plate showed up in the
wall of a home in Perry which was being renovated. This plate now marks the
52nd known variety of porcelain license plate from the state of Oklahoma.
Gallery - 2010 Discoveries
This page illustrates a handful of some of the more significant discoveries of
2010. For other significant finds of recent years, please visit the following: