Antique NJ 1948 Auto License Plate for your 1948 Auto - PRICE REDUCED !!
Antique NJ Auto License Plate for 1948 - When Gasoline cost 16 Cents! PRICE REDUCED!
Perfect CHRISTMAS, WEDDING or BIRTHDAY Gift for your friend born in 1948!
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ITEM CONDITION & DESCRIPTION:
YEAR: 1948 STATE: New Jersey NUMBER: V/B 222
TYPE: Steel SIZE: Std. 6-1/2 by 10-5/8” COLOR: Black on Straw
Right now I’m offering our extensive collection of Auto License Plates, at least one or every year – some states had more than one type or size. The display started with the earliest – except for ‘do-it-yourself’ plates made of leather, wire grids, or wood to display the state-directed numbers. Those rare Owner-Made tags were extremely hard to find four decades ago, and more so today – even then we were unable to find one for each of those years. All such plates are extremely valuable, and we were honored that many owners loaned them to us for display. Needless to say, we returned those at the end of the Bicentennial period!
DETAILS AND CONDITION:
VERY GOOD CONDITION
If you have a friend or relative who was born in 1948, this is an unusual and comment-producing gift for Christmas, Wedding or a Birthday! And imagine how special if either V or B - let alone both - were that person’s initials! WOW ! Happy Occasion, unique recipient!
This handsome Black on straw tag is in what we would call Nearly Like New Condition, far better than most license plates of this or any other vintage! The only physical damage other than bolt-head markings at lower corners is a very slight bend at the lower-right corner. This can be corrected readily, but we"ll leave the method up to our very fortunate winning bidder! The reverse is in Excellent condition.
The top letter V means the plate was issued by DMV via Morris County. The B is simply one of however many letters DMV needed to have enough plates for Morris County users. B indicates an early-issue Morris number. None of the Garden State’s 21 counties begins with V, but NJ DMV had to use letters other than the true County names for 14 counties which required multiple first initials: 2 B’s, 3 C’s, 2 H’s, 4 M’s, and 3 S’s.
In addition, Essex County (around Newark) and Hudson (including Jersey City) had very high populations each, and thus large numbers of automobiles - so needed more than one initial on their counties-issues, thus indicating, on the state’s license plates. Essex got E & F; I think Hudson H & I.
At that time my home County of Morris County was shown as V (the other three M counties were Mercer (Trenton), Middlesex (New Brunswick) and Monmouth (Freehold). In more recent years, and with the ‘Senatorial Courtesy Plate’ program, Morris became L for the first letter used - which is how via my State Senator I was able to obtain my name on the plate.
We show our New Jersey LEE 1 license plate for identification only. We also got 1 LEE wen the DMV made a mistake and we took advantage of it! Let me tell you how much "pull"; this sort of thing could receive. ONCE - only once - I was stopped at a traffic light which was on flash, and a policeman was directing traffic. He made our two same-direction lanes stop, then glanced down, saw my LEE-1, pointed at me, and indicated that I should go ahead. Such prominence and pull! It is not for sale, but we thought you"d like to see it.
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 Charlotte and I are selling collectables from all these fields.
It was not easy to accumulate a complete run of New Jersey automobile licenses from their onset up to 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 issued such, and didn’t charge a fortune – most states proudly sent theirs proudly and 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 $32.48