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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 will be seen an unfinished example from 1975, then three even more modern examples - probably from the 1990s - all of these being from unidentified manufacturers.
 
         
             
  
 
                   
 
              
 
 
 
1931 and 1932 courtesy Jim Gummoe.  All others by Bill Johnston.
 
 
 

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