Growing up in the 70's and 80's, I never really gave much thought to license plates.

Mostly because I was nowhere old enough to drive. But they also didn't change much. they were always just a plain white plate, with black letters and numbers on it. Nothing special.

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

When I got to be a sophomore or junior in high school, that changed. The state decided we were going to switch over to those ridiculous plates with the lobster on them. If you got right up close, you could definitely tell it was a lobster, but from farther away, a lot of folks complained that they looked like cockroaches.

I'm not totally sure I agree with that sentiment, but I'd love to be back in the 90's where apparently the worst thing we had to debate about politically was the shape of the critter on our license plates. To me, it looks more like a crawfish or something like that. I mean, it has 8 legs. Insects only have 6, right?

Fast forward to today, and you can have almost anything on a license plate.

Not to mention all the different types of plates we can choose from. Pine cones, loons, flags, pink ribbons... there's a plate for every occasion. But back 100 years ago, things were a bit more straightforward.

Photo by Philip Schroeder on Unsplash
Photo by Philip Schroeder on Unsplash

So, why don't we all take a walk down Memory Lane, and check out what plates used to look like going back almost 120 years. We go back as far as 1905, all the way up to 1993. After that, most of us can all remember what our plates looked like. But they had a lot of cool colors too. At any rate, enjoy the history.


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Vintage Photos of Hollywood Starlets Showing Off Maine License Plates In the 1950's

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