California License Plate

Description
This stamped steel California license plate number has the black characters “1S 952” on an orange background. California residents had to register their vehicles with the state in 1905, but the state did not issue license plates until 1914. By 1934, the plates were metal.
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
1934
used date
1934
place made
United States: California
used
United States: California
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 14 in x 1/16 in; 15.24 cm x 35.56 cm x .15875 cm
ID Number
2003.0040.05
catalog number
2003.0040.05
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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