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Prototypes

New Mexico’s license plates from 1912 through 1933, and from 1999 to present, were made by commercial companies from whom bids were solicited for the manufacture of each year’s plates.  Along with their bids, these companies often submitted prototype plates in order that state officials could see what the finished product would look like.  Shown first on this page are three early examples of such prototypes, from the years 1927, 1931 and 1932.  The 1931 was made by the S.G. Adams Company of St. Louis, Missouri, as shown by its logo on the back.  The companies which made the other two have not been identified.  Following the early prototypes are seen a number of prison-made examples from 1973 to 1975. All of the remainder, excepting the two from 1977, are from unknown manufacturers and time periods, but are believed to be from the 1990s.
 
         
             
  
 
                   
 
                   
 
                   
 
 
1931 and 1932 courtesy Jim Gummoe.  All others by Bill Johnston.
 
 
 

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