ULTRA RARE 1939 1940 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FIBER BOARD LICENSE PLATE NICE
ULTRA RARE 1939 1940 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FIBER BOARD LICENSE PLATE MINT This plate seems to be an anomaly, I can"t find any information about it but here is what I could find on D.C. plates of the period from : http://dcplates.net/Numbers30s.htm#193547numbers visit the site - very interesting!
Jan. 1, 1939-
Feb. 29, 1940
Thought to be the only U.S. license plate to be embossed with a leap year expiration date, this feature was necessary due to a change in the registration year from the calendar year to a March 1-Feb. 28 (or 29) period. Details about the change, and similar changes that occurred in future years (all of which confuse plate collectors today) may be found by clicking here. There is no Washington, D.C. license plate with the year designation 1939.
Just the Facts...
1939 (Jan.1, 1939-Feb. 29, 1940)
Registration year designation EX-2-29-40
black on an orange background
Five- and six-digit plates
6 x 12.5
Plates with fewer than five digits
6 x 9
presumably 3 11/16 x 8
Composition; number per vehicle
embossed steel; issued in pairs
By The Numbers...
There is no mention of fiber board plates or the low number on this plate for the year, it"s truly a mystery plate, possibly a prototype for the coming war but never put into production, not to many pre-war fiber board plates (except for Quebec in the 20"s) and D.C. didn"t use fiber board during the war. It is in near mint condition with only some slight craquelar to the paint in one small area, and appears to have never been screwed to any vehicle. Please don"t hesitate to make an offer, any and all offers will receive appropriate consideration! Thanks for looking!
Sale Price: US $275.00