A Website for Porcelain License Plate Collectors & Enthusiasts
Gallery - 2020 Discoveries
This page illustrates a handful of some of the more significant discoveries of
2020. For other significant finds of recent years, please visit the following:
FEBRUARY, 2020 - 1941-42 WESTFIELD, MA
In the 1970s, a man walking in the woods stumbled across a dump site with
various items related to Westfield, MA. He picked up a few plates and brought
them home where they have remained hidden from the license plate collecting
world until now. Previously, only two Westfield plates were known.
FEBRUARY, 2020 - 1942-43 WESTFIELD, MA
This plate was found together with the 1941-42 example above. It is the latest
known year from Westfield and is produced on a smaller sized base than any of
the other known examples. It becomes the fourth different Westfield porcelain
and the only one with the word "license" abbreviated.
FEBRUARY, 2020 - 1918 ALBANY, NY JUNK DEALER
This odd plate was part of an auction out of New York. It is notable for being the
first example of any type of porcelain license plate known from the city of Albany.
The unusual mounting holes on the sides suggest that this may well not have
been used on a motorized vehicle, but may have been mounted on a cart.
MAY, 2020 - 1912 WHEELING, WV DEALER
This plate was found by a bottle digger near Stratford Springs, WV, which is a
suburb of Wheeling. Wheeling plates have been known for a long time, spanning
a period of six years. However, this is the first time an example of a dealer plate
from any year has surfaced.
JUNE, 2020 - UNDATED JACKSON, MS
This plate was dug up in Mississippi and bears a nearly identical appearance to
the V-prefixed Vicksburg porcelains that were dug several years back. We can't
say for certain, but it seems plausible that the J stands for Jackson. Until we get
more evidence supporting this claim, it remains unverified.
SEPTEMBER, 2020 - 1924 SCHENECTADY, NY MILK LICENSE (GRADE B, RAW)
This plate popped up on EBAY and the seller said that it was found high up on the
wall of a barn in Troy, NY. This is the latest in a long line of similar plates thought
to have been issued by the city of Schenectady. This particular year and type is
one I've never seen before.