They started out as simple numbers painted on porcelain, wood, leather, and metals…license plates are just about as old as cars themselves, and like cars, have changed dramatically over time. Take a century-plus-long tour of license plate history here.
Whether you’re home to America’s Dairyland, the Green Mountain State, the Land of Enchantment, the Show-Me State, or the Sportsman’s Paradise, your license plate may advertise where you’re from beyond just the state name.
In addition to, or in place of, slogans, many states have used pictures to exhibit state pride and encourage tourism. This page takes a look at cases like the cactus of Arizona and diamond of Arizona, the state seals of Kansas and Tennessee, and the flag-marked plates of Alaska and Texas.
License plates can almost be read as a history textbook when placed together. Important dates, people, and landmarks have all been celebrated on plates, and just about every state has at one time or another issued one honoring an anniversary.
License plates can be fascinating for a variety of reasons…in this room you’ll see kid-themed specialties, stickers added or placed incorrectly, a color kaleidoscope of plates, mind-grabbing and heart-tugging vanities, and my favorite plates, among other things.