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Samples

Sample license plates are pretty easy to understand. In most cases they were made to look exactly like passenger car plates, except that they all bear the number zero, or variations thereof, such as 000, 00000, etc. One of the principal uses of samples was by law enforcement agencies across the country who made wall displays consisting of a sample plate from every state. Officers could study the displays from time to time, thereby familiarizing themselves with the appearance of out-of-state license plates.  But there were other uses as well. Movie studios often ordered samples to enable them to fabricate reproduction license plates which made for more realistic scenes where automobiles were involved. And, of course, to a more limited extent they were sought after by collectors.
 
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Miscellaneous Types Samples
 
                   
                                       
                   
                   
                             
                   
                   
   
   
Sticker Samples
 
                   
                   
                            
         
 
Photo Credits: State Senator motorcycle, motorcycle handicap turquoise centennial, and motorcycle dealer  #DL0000A courtesy N.M. MVD. All others by Bill Johnston.

 

 

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