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1912 license plate? #720138
Sun Nov 25 2018 11:58 AM
Sun Nov 25 2018 11:58 AM
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Indiana
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I was cleaning out a barn last week and ran across this plate. I have no clue if it’s legit or a fantasy and thought someone on here may be able to help. I didn’t want to discard it if it was real. It looks to me like a plate for a 1 horse wagon in Cincinnati. I know in the late 1800’s and the early 1900s Cincy’s wagon building industry was the biggest in the world. I have seen some of these plates years ago but never made of this type of tin metal. Thanks in advance if anyone can help.

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Re: 1912 license plate? [Re: kybred76] #720206
Mon Nov 26 2018 10:50 AM
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Devils Lake, ND---USA
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I was hoping someone would know more about this?
I find it fascinating that local governments would take it upon themselves to license horse drawn wagons?
Wouldn't they have been shocked if they could have glanced forward into 2018!


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Re: 1912 license plate? [Re: kybred76] #720209
Mon Nov 26 2018 12:30 PM
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It's Tax money for the city. If you did business inside the city you had to buy a license. It could be a milk wagon or sales of some kind. It took a lot of work to make that license plate, you could get ahold of a license plate club in the Cinti.Oh. area to get more information.Good Luck Todd

Re: 1912 license plate? [Re: kybred76] #720210
Mon Nov 26 2018 12:48 PM
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I asked a knowledgeable license plate collector. this was his response about it.


It's pretty straightforward about what this is for. Its a 1912 Cincinnati 1 horse wagon. Cincinnati made a long series of these starting in 1898 being the oldest one known. I have no idea what the last year was. I've never seen a painted one; they're all brass or copper.

I don't know what value it has, but it's not junk that's for sure. I would try to find similar items on eBay. My guess is $50 to $100, but I really don't know that much about these. It might be more.

Hope this helps.


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Re: 1912 license plate? [Re: kybred76] #720213
Mon Nov 26 2018 01:30 PM
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Here is a 1912 Vancouver plate for drays and express wagons that I found on the net. I guess if you ran a business that mainly used the roads in certain municipalities you had to be specially licensed whether you were horse or gas powered.

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