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Future Features

Works in progress, coming attractions, and other stuff I might someday do


This page illustrates some of the license plate-related projects I'm either currently working on, or am planning to start some time in the future.  In most cases I don't yet have web pages for these plate categories.  These various projects are ordered roughly according to priority or likelihood of ever happening. 

Latest noteworthy updates to this page
  • August 30, 2022  –  Added links to the new 1977 Canadian plate and Choose Life specialty plate pages, and removed the corresponding entries in the list of projects I'm working on. 
  • August 22, 2022  –  Replaced a candid photo of a Pennsylvania U.S. Constitution 200th anniversary plate with that of one I've added to my collection. 
  • July 26, 2022  –  Added a link to the new Illinois non-passenger personal vehicle plate page.  Added photos of an Illinois state senator plate and an Illinois dealer plate.  Re-ordered the existing sections based on my revised priorities. 
  • December 8, 2021  –  Added a link to the new U.S. 1977 motorcycle plate page, and removed the corresponding entry in the list of projects I'm working on. 
  • October 9, 2021  –  Added a new section for plates about plate collecting.  Added a photo of an Alabama Choose Life plate. 
  • September 5, 2021  –  Added a link to the new Illinois sample plate history page, and removed the corresponding entry in the list of projects I'm working on. 

Ongoing updates to existing plate pages

It seems that no matter how much I try, I never manage to get completely caught up in making updates to the various pages on this site.  Sometimes I'm pretty close, and other times I have quite a backlog of updates that need to be made.  Anyway, at any given point in time, I almost certainly have a number of new plates in my collection, new candid photos I've taken of plates in current use, and additional plate photos contributed by others, that haven't yet made it onto the appropriate web pages. 

(I've decided to stop showing "plates that I've recently photographed and/or edited in preparation for being included on one of my web pages" in this section.  Almost always, I was just posting pics of plates that I had already recently added to the site, and sometimes months would go by before I'd change the pics here.  Instead, I now have a page called Recent Site Updates where I show a few of the very newest plate photos I've added.  I've done a much better job at keeping that page current.) 

Illinois political and dealer plate history

1973 Illinois state senator 1960 Illinois dealer
1973 Illinois state senator plate; 1960 Illinois dealer plate. 

Last year I acquired a group of Illinois state senator plates from a former politician, and another group of Illinois plates from a relative of a man who was a car dealer and antique car owner.  I now have the antique vehicle plates up on the new Illinois personal vehicle plate history page.  I'm not sure if I'll do the political plates or dealer plates next, but I at least now have a photo of one of each plate type. 

Plates about plate collecting

2018 Illinois special event plate 1975 Maryland vanity plate Nevada souvenir plate 2005 Virginia vanity plate ALPCA booster plate

Over the years, I've gradually acquired various plates related to my hobby of collecting license plates.  Some of these are legitimate state-issued license plates, and others are booster or souvenir plates.  I'm not actively trying to accumulate these, but I pick them up when they catch my eye and the price is right. 

Cereal premiums and other toy plates

1955 Maryland Wheaties cereal premium 1969 Washington, D.C. Life cereal premium 1970s/80s California toy plate

Toy license plates are miniature replicas of real license plates, intended for children to collect or attach to their bicycle.  Cereal premium plates are toy license plates that were found in boxes of Wheaties cereal in 1953 and 1954, Honeycomb and various other brands of Post cereal off and on between 1968 and the early 1990s, and various other consumer products.  In some cases these plates were available by sending in box tops rather than actually in the product itself.  Toy plates that are not cereal premium plates usually have the child's name on them, and were/are sold in toy stores and souvenir shops. 

I'm not going to try to collect every cereal premium plate and toy plate ever made, but I have acquired and will continue to add to a nice representative group of these plates.  So, it's getting to the point where I can justify creating a web page to show them off and explain them. 

Other Illinois plate types

1978-79 Illinois state government vehicle 1980 Illinois trailer 2000 Illinois recreational trailer 1998 Illinois State University specialty plate 2006 Illinois Du Quoin State Fair special event plate
The 1978-79 plate was for a state government vehicle; the 1980 plate was for a light trailer; the 2000 plate was issued to a "recreational" trailer with living accommodations. 

I'm not really looking for them, but as I happen to acquire various Illinois non-passenger, special interest, and special event plates, I'm hanging on to them rather than putting them into my trade box.  At some point in the future, I may start actively collecting these. 

North Carolina plate type ID

1952 North Carolina passenger 1959 North Carolina passenger 1977 North Carolina trailer 1983 North Carolina light truck
(1952 plate is from the collection of Pete Madsen; 1978 base plate was previously in my trade box.) 

Originally, I was thinking the next North Carolina plate page I'd do would be one that covered the history of trailer plates.  My motivation for doing so was to help people determine which North Carolina plates went on trailers, since so many of them aren't readily apparent.  I already have history pages for North Carolina passenger car plates from 1942-1974 and 1975-present, and for truck plates from 1942-present. 

However, I don't actually collect North Carolina plates, I have no burning desire to specifically study the history of trailer plates, and I know there are still other North Carolina plate types that would need to have their own history pages in order to thoroughly address all the "mystery plate" types.  I realized that a better solution to accomplish the same objective would be to just create a "plate type identification" page, similar to what I've already done for Maryland and Pennsylvania plates whose usage isn't obvious. 

Plate Daddy online license plate store


If I ever start up an online license plate store, I've always wanted to use the name "Plate Daddy" for it.  In 2008, I claimed for myself the most obvious and intuitive web address to go with that store name.  It's been sitting there unused all these years waiting for me to do something with it. 

A few years ago, I become motivated to actually create that online license plate store, but I concluded that it would require an investment of time that I just don't have available right now.  Someday, I'll have the time and will work to make this a reality.  That might not until I'm retired, which isn't going to happen anytime soon.  But, hopefully one day, you'll be able to go visit www.platedaddy.com and see something more than a placeholder page.  When that happens, I'll move my plate inventory there and remove my trade/sale pages from this site. 

Christian booster plates

Immanuel Lutheran Church booster plate Memorial Baptist Church booster plate Mud Creek Baptist Church booster plate Wilson's Mills Baptist Church booster plate

Don't hate me because I have booster plates on a license plate web site!  I acquired the Wilson's Mills front booster plate promoting a church shown above, and decided that I should start collecting these in addition to actual license plates.  All of these plates shown above are from North Carolina churches, but I'm not limiting myself to just more of the same.  I'm looking for additional front booster plates promoting various Christian denominations, churches, schools, and organizations, regardless of location.  (I'm not looking for generic Christian novelty plates that you could buy at a Christian bookstore.) 

Additional Pennsylvania non-passenger plate history pages

1963 Pennsylvania foreign consul 1937 Pennsylvania liquid fuels permit 1962 Pennsylvania temporary

As time permits, I continue researching and documenting the history of additional Pennsylvania plate types, and create new web pages to present my photos and research.  I've steadily assembled a photo library of various types of Pennsylvania non-passenger plates, including photos of plates I've acquired for my own collection, photos of plates in others' collections, and plates in actual use.  At this point, there are only a few stray categories of plates I have yet to cover.  These are going to be a low priority. 

Splitting out the Maryland "general info" page

1990 Maryland fleet trailer sticker 1992 Maryland special interest plate sticker 2009 Maryland pilot program smart sticker Maryland fleet trailer month sticker Maryland historic vehicle permanent sticker
1990 Maryland fleet trailer sticker; 1992 Maryland alternate color sticker used on Treasure the Chesapeake specialty plates; 2009 Maryland "smart sticker" pilot program sticker; Maryland fleet trailer month sticker; Maryland historic vehicle permanent registration sticker. 

I have an existing page called "General Information about Maryland license plates" that included information about vehicle class codes, plate expiration stickers, sample plates and error plates and other oddities.  I'd badly neglected this page for many years.  My intention was to split this page out into several separate pages, and to add new info and photos as I created each new page.  The first two of these, the sample and prototype plate page, and the license plate errors and oddities page, have been finished for some time now. 

I do still intend to create a page devoted solely to Maryland year and month plate stickers.  I've been putting this off for years now, mainly because I need to take close-up photos of the stickers on many Maryland plates in my collection, and I find photo-editing plate stickers to be particularly tedious. 

Michigan 1976-1978 plate types

1977 Michigan passenger car 1976 Michigan nonprofit vehicle

The colorful and patriotic Michigan 1976 base plate, which was generally used through 1978, has always intrigued me.  I'm thinking that someday I might want to try to collect each Michigan plate type issued on this base.  So far, I just have the passenger car plate, at left, and one of several versions of non-profit organization vehicle plates, at right.  Non-profit plates and government vehicle plates on this base were used through the mid-1980s. 

Christian and biblical vanity plates

2010 Nevada vanity "GODSFAM" 1977 North Carolina vanity "316-JON"

I've collected God-themed special interest plates and church-related plate types for some time now.  So far I've mostly resisted collecting vanity plates with Christian messages or biblical references, as I'm generally bored by vanity plates.  I had this one God vanity that someone gave me, but I must admit I did buy this John 3:16 vanity that I came across.  Someday, I may become more intentional about seeking these out. 

U.S. Constitution-themed plates

2014 Pennsylvania U.S. constitution limited edition 1991 Illinois "Bill of Rights" special event plate
Pennsylvania limited edition plate commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution; 1991 Illinois special event plate commemorating the ratification of the Bill of Rights. 

I've long toyed with the idea of collecting plates related to the U.S. Constitution.  There are actually only three of these that I know about, but the third one is rather scarce and pricey.  I didn't know this Illinois special event plate even existed until I saw it on someone's sale table at a plate meet; now it's mine. 

Washington, D.C. license plates

1959 D.C. passenger 1960 D.C. passenger 1977 D.C. presidential inaugural special event plate undated D.C. clergy plate

Someday, but not anytime soon, I might start collecting plates from the District of Columbia.  I lived in various Maryland suburbs in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and saw D.C. plates on the road regularly, for over 20 years. 

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