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Massachusetts License Plate

Massachusetts License Plate

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This Massachusetts license plate was registered to William Gray and used on his Winton Auto in 1910. Massachusetts was the first state to issue license plates to motorists, beginning in 1903. The commonwealth began putting the date on the plate in 1908. In 1907, Massachusetts became the first state to require drivers to take a driving test. In 1928 an embossed codfish was added to the plate in what was an early example of the now common phenomenon of decorative plates.
The plate is marked MASS.730/1910 on front, and “The Baltimore Enamel and Novelty Company” on the back.
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License Plate
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United States: Massachusetts
overall: 5 1/2 in x 10 in x 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 25.4 cm x.635 cm
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
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National Museum of American History
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