Early Leather License Plates: Motorists themselves needed to supply the actual license “tags” or “plates”
with the appropriate registration numbers to go with their state registration. Most were made of leather
and on The Old Motor you can learn how Steve Hammatt makes them today @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=122450
A 1911 Beckley-Walton catalog shows a numbers and letters kit below.
Steve Hammatt sent us this postcard image of an unknown circa 1910 to 1912 roadster that is wearing a 1915 Nebraska leather pre-state license plate.
Efforts so far to identify it have not been successful, but hopefully you can help; please let us know what you may know about this car.
I am a happy customer of Steve's.
That looks like a Buick hub cap. The auto may be a 1911 Buick 36.
Car sleuth Ariejan Bos has identified the mystery car as being a 1911 Marion Torpedo Roadster. Read about it and see photos
of one that has survived @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=122450
Ariejan never ceases to amaze me ...
What is Steve's contact information? I need a leather plate for my Autocar.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit my web page at www.leatherplates.com
Sorry for the double posting to this initial posting by David, but I'm always looking for two types of photos.
1. Original, of the era photographs (similar to the now identified 1911 Marion Roadster) showing pre-state leather license plates. I like to include them in my website leatherplates.com
2. Hoping that more of my Model T customers will assist me by sending a photo of themselves, their car and their new leather license plate(s) to me to add to the website's Customer Gallery.