Antique NJ 1928 License Y3810 EXTRA WIDE White on Light Blue
Antique NJ 1928 Auto License Plate - Very Wide 15 Early Painted Steel
Over a Pound of Heavy Stamped Steel - White Letters on sort-of Sky Blue
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ITEM CONDITION & DESCRIPTION:
YEAR: 1928 STATE: NJ TYPE: Heavy Steel
NUMBER: Y3810 SIZE: 6x15” CONDITION: Good
DETAILS AND CONDITION:
Right now I’m offering our extensive collection of Auto License Plates, starting with the earliest – except for ‘do-it-yourself’ plates made of leather, wire grids, and wood to display the state-directed numbers. Those hand-mades in the museum Bicentennial display were extremely valuable, and we were honored that many owners loaned them for display. Needless to say, we returned those!
Here is 1928 NJ auto license plate Y3810, one of the early Painted Steel plates after the brief Porcelain era. I think they were still learning - this plate is well over a pound, whereas earlier steel stampings were a tad less than a pound. The white lettering paint is still there, but doesn"t look as good as later years. In my thoughts, neither white letters nor what I"d call a sort-of sky blue lasted well in this early stage, but the combination is still clearly visible. The reverse of the plate is still nice and shiny blue, a bit darker than the faded front. We note that on our PC monitor the blue background has a slight green tinge, which is not apparent in my direct examination of the plate - definitely a sort of slightly dark sky blue.
Physically it is in excellent condition except for top and bottom edge rusting, due to the slight curvature made for strengthening, which left a semi-horizontal bend where water would collect and then rust. The owner wasn"t satisfied with the two upper slots and four small corner holes allowed by the state for attaching, so punched a hole just to the left of the N.J. lettering at the top. Unusual, to say the least!
Not bad at all, considering it"s 94 years old! Because of its large width our scanner can"t get it all in one try, so we scanned first including the entire left end, then the center, and then the entire right end; we show the most-complete center first for you. Thank you for your understanding! We are proud to make this rare example available at this time for one fortunate winning bidder.
We show our NJ Courtesy Plates for information only. They are not for sale at this time, but we thought you"d enjoy seeing them. The QQ number plates are reserved for Antique Vehicles - in this case for our 1920 model Autocar truck with 1920 Tangley Calliope, also shown - the perfect parade vehicle! Autocars were manufactured in Ardmore, near Philadelphia - at that time there were more Autocars in eastern Pennsylvania than any other brand - except for those big chain-drive Mack Trucks - made in Allentown, of course!
I have been an ardent collector most of my lifetime, in many fields: Recorded Sound, Motion Pictures, Radio, Television, Stage, Antique Automobiles and License Plates, Mechanical Music, Thomas Edison, and San Francisco. Now we are selling collectables from all.
It was not easy to accumulate a complete run of New Jersey automobile licenses from their onset until the new national 6x12” standard in the 1950s and beyond. My collection was displayed on the walls of Yesteryear Museum outside Morristown, along with a different group of sample plates for the Bicentennial Year 1976 - at least those from states which issue such, and didn’t charge a fortune – most states sent them gratis.
When we moved to Florida, the plates were in several heavy movers’ boxes, which were mixed in with scores of others for the move. It wasn’t until after we had changed from one storage place to another that we discovered that the movers brought only one box to us – infuriating, but too late to do anything about it! We will soon be offering many more plates up into the 1950s, when the new national standards set in. Keep watching! ---Lee Munsick
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Sale Price: US $39.28