I guess many states did the same in the 50s. I have a set of NY tags from
the year I was born.
----- Original Message -----
From: "STAN CHERNOFF" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Jim Bunte" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: CA black plate issue revisited
> I beg to differ with you on the comment that >>is the fact that CA has
> ALWAYS been one of the only states to keep license plates on the car
> through the life of the car.>>
> In fact, the black background plates REPLACED yellow background plates
> black characters. I was there and saw it happen 'cause it happened to me.
> During the years that the yellow plates were current, the state issued an
> embossed metal tag to go over the corner to show the current year
> There may also be cars originally sold in other states that were brought
> California during the period that black plates were current issue that
> still have the black plates and current registration.
> Some people like to have relatively unique things such as 67.5 2000's or 1
> carb 1500's or other things that get attention and this could be extended
> to personalized plates and original issue plates.
> I have seen California cars from the fifties on the street running yellow
> plates with a special tag to show current registration. I do not know the
> details of the process.
> Plate color doesn't matter much if one has an old beater that is kept in a
> garage or under a tree to collect dust and/or clutter with junk stored on
> top and inside.
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