I think this is the same car here:
The light have been upgraded, but the paint job and the re-arranged windshield looks the same.
: ^ )
Can't say anything funny about that top picture, they could be some of my relatives.
My mom sent me an email with pictures of eight or so Nebraska license plates from 1915 - 1917 that my g'pa had collected. She wanted to know if I wanted them otherwise they are going bye bye. Most of them are the same style as the top photo, one has only four digits.
Top T photo has what look to me like electrified head lamps ? And side lamps.
Different plate numbers on each car.
Philip: That top picture appears to have a leather plate. In Nebraska that would be prior to 1915. Starting in 1915 Nebraska started issuing steel plates. If you don't want those old Neb. plates I would be interested in them. Send me a PM.
I do hope you told your mom "Of course, I would LOVE to have those plates!" Plates like those are rare and historically valuable. Like so many things, plates just a few years later, while still very collectible, are much more common and less valuable.
It varied a lot from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and state to state. However, plates and registration went through several stages. In some areas, numbers were just painted onto the car. Plates as such usually went through a stage of attaching numbers (sometimes any common home address numbers from your local general store) to some type of backing, often leather on a wire frame. Following that was usually a porcelain plate provided by the state. By 1920, most states had switched to stamped steel and painted plates.
The two photos above, show the two early forms of displayed registration. Painted on (in this case, painted on the radiator), and attached numbers.
Great photos! Thanks all.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Yes Wayne I did tell her I'll take them. Six plates total. I'll pick them up this summer when I'm back to visit.
I found an interesting page here
while trying to research my car's history. I have a porcelain 1909 Mass plate, but it didn't come with the car.
Does anyone know if old Mass records have survived anywhere? I have tried the obvious historical societies and the DMV.
Good deal!!! (I was sure you would have)