I recently obtained a pair of 1923 CA license plates with a "star" symbol in the middle. I have never seen these before and was hoping someone would know the significance. Thanks
Perhaps this can help:
I had found this site before but could not see where it explained a "star" in 1923. The only mention was for 1919 where the star was on all the plates.
I didn't see anything on that doc that shed light on the mystery either. I have 1923 Cal plates on my car and have no stars. I hope someone can enlighten us.
In Ohio star plates were used in 1927. As the combination of two sets of three numbers neared 1,000,000 they added a star in front and started the numbers over. They solved the situation by adding letters to the number series. Variations were tried from 1927 to 1931. Letter placement and size produced some interesting plates.
As I understand it the 1923 California plate with the star indicates 1,000,000.
So if you have 26*713 as I do, that is actually
1,026,713. There is only room on the plate for
6 numbers, so at 999-999, the sequence would continue with *1. Whether there were over 2,000,000 passenger plates issued that year I do not know or if so, how that was handled.
This information came to me from a long-time ALPCA member.
The porcelain NM plates in 1923 had a 6-pointed star as the year tab. Many folks here assume that it's some sort of sheriff's or police badge. It is not. This is the same usage as the 5-pointed star on the 1919 Calif. plates.
Or maybe the car once belonged to Mary Pickford.
Cabin fever setting in for you too, Steve?
Just the same, Good One !
Randy: I got your message but don't know any more than these folks about 1923 California plates
I'll be repainting my plates soo and discovered that the shade of blue on 1926 is a slate blue.
George n L.A.
Nah, Mary Pickford had a '28 Model A sports coupe that her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, gave her for Christmas 1927. Edsel Ford arranged delivery of the car.
It's currently in a collection in Reno.
Paul: I have a set of 1919 Cal Plates and on the left there is a star. That is the year 1919, but your 1923 does not have a sticker of tab. None was issued.
Sorry but I haven't been on the post for a few days. Thanks for the info. The number on mine is 125*606 so I guess that would be the 1,125,606 plate for that year. Pretty cool!