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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 04:00 am
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Lee B

Joined: Tue Dec 9th, 2014
Location: The Pacific NW, By Way Of The Deep South, USA
Posts: 1344
Bob D wrote: Your posts made me wonder what the states did during the war, so I Googled it


I read where they changed from steel to aluminum, and even to a cardboard/soybean mix :shocked:

Many states (including Tennessee, where I model) just let drivers use the 42 plates for the duration. They'd issue either small year tabs to screw onto a corner, or issue a sticker for the windshield. TN has a small black shape with a white "A" for 1943 to the lower left corner. I have no clue why that letter. Other states used the last two digits for the year. CA, I think, used a "V" (for victory) metal tab which I always thought was pretty cool.
1943 is missing from many state plate collections as not being made at all or were made in extremely small numbers. For example, I know that WA state plates from 1943 are worth more than the cars you could bolt one to, for some collectors (they were only made for busses and commercial vehicles, so only a few hundred were made total). a pal of mine found one in a barn in Montana years ago, and sold it for several thousand dollars.
It's amazing how much model railroading can teach you once you start looking to get a small detail right. But in my case, I have a 1944 Jeep, so I had already researched wartime license plates. I have 1942 plates on mine, as my state allows you to register antique vehicles with original plates for the production year (they allow all WW2-year vehicles to be registered as 1942s, so you can get original plates for them, good luck finding a 43 or 44 plate!).

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