1959 Delaware License Plate BLANK Rare Unusual Riveted Base No Numbers!

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This is the 1959 base plate, the first Delaware license plate to use the reflective blue sheeting in 6x12 size. This style had the state name silk screened at the top, and it also had three vertical slots at bottom center, in order to accommodate metal month and year tabs.These plates ordinarily had up to six metal digits riveted onto the two rows of round holes, however on this one, the numbers are gone. A faint ghost image appears on the blue sheeting, indicating that #151303 was once riveted on this plate.So, what is the story behind this unusual tag?I picked up this plate more than 25 years ago, at a garage sale in Sussex County, in Southern Delaware. The gentleman who sold it to me told me that he had once visited the DMV offices in Dover, asking if he could bring home any items they no longer wanted or needed. Among other treasures, he was given this old plate.It turns out that plates with removable numbers conveniently provide a scenario in which replacement license plates can easily be made to order. This plate was in a box of blanks which was set aside for motorists who needed a replacement plate.He also told me that back in those days, someone at DMV installed the numbers for a fee of $1.00, while the motorist also had the option of installing his or own numbers with the riveting tool for just fifty cents! This riveting tool never left the DMV basement, and a special table was set up for thrifty drivers who wanted to save half a buck by doing the work themselves.If you collect rare and unusual Delaware types, you need this oddball item in your collection! Priority Mail shipping is a low $4.99 in the US.YES, we combine shipping costs! Just go ahead and buy all you like, and we will send you an adjusted invoice, or else we will pay a refund to your PayPal account before shipping the package.For shipping to other countries, please contact us for price.

Sale Price: US $21.99