Homemade License Plate

Description
This homemade leather license plate bears the brass numerals “2272” and the letters “DC” for the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia required that all vehicles operating on its streets had a license from DC, but did not issue plates itself until 1907, when it began to issue porcelain plates.
As the number of motor vehicles reached tens of thousands, state and local governments assumed a new power: authorizing vehicles and drivers. In 1901, New York became the first state to register automobiles; by 1918 all states required license plates
date made
1902-1907
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia
used
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
brass (numbers material)
steel (plate material)
metal (hooks material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 11 3/4 in x 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 29.845 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
2003.0040.04
catalog number
2003.0040.04
accession number
2003.0040
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Transportation
Exhibition
"America on the Move"
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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