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    DELAWARE

     

    Highest 1907-09 prestate plate known:  #984

     

    1909   1065 -  1438                           1930      5 - 44-720

    1910      6 -   876                           1931      5 - 47-999*

    1911     19 -  1295                           1932      5 - 46-643*

    1912      1 -  1708                           1933      1 - 47-875*

    1913      3 -  2328                           1934      5 - 46-374*

    1914      8 -  3195                           1935      5 - 47-859*

    1915      8 -  4690                           1936      5 - 50-796*

    1916     20 -  6922                           1937      5 - 52-905

    1917      5 - 10665                           1938      5 - 54-904*

    1918      5 - 12942                           1939      5 - 57-897*

    1919      5 - 12264                           3-31-41   3 - 59-365

    1920      5 - 16255                           3-31-42   5 - 59-142

    1921      5 - 20701

    1922      5 - 22551   Truck began 1923.

     

              PASSENGER            COMMERCIAL              TRACTOR

    1923        5 - 19-777       25-001 - 30-148

    1924        5 - 19-944       22-457 - 23-885

           30-171 - 38-584

    1925        5 - 27-466       30-001 - 37-396       37-801 - 38-000

           45-038 - 45-051

    1926        5 - 33-767       40-001 - 48-119       50-001 - 50-414

    1927        5 - 39-492*      50-001 - 58-002       70-001 - 70-246

    1928        1 - 49-837*      51-750 - 63-618*

    1929        5 - 46-851*         C 1 - C8-096       C9-500 - C9-800

     

    1923-28:  Commercial/Tractor plates have rounded sides.

    1925:     47-509 highest listed in registration ledger.

              Commercial 37-396 highest listed in registration ledger;

              37-801 - 38-000, later 37-601 - 37-688, issued to Tractors.

    1929:     Convertibles used passenger block 43-001 - 43-900.

     

     

    1941-48 PORCELAIN BASE

    7/1/41  "12-31-41"  Type 1            5  - 75-991        (75,987 P)

    Jun.45   "9-30-45"  Type 2        76104  - 77119          (1,016 S)

    Mar.47   "6-30-47"  Type 3        77-125 - 86-960         (9,836 S)

                                                      (TOTAL 162,835 S)

     

    Description of Types:

    Type 1 - Delaware dies, hyphen

    Type 2 - New thin dies, no hyphen

    Type 3 - Pennsylvania dies, hyphen

     

    Issued to new registrations only 7/1/1941 to 3/31/1942, with half-year

    expirations available, thus "12-31" and "41" tabs issued.  Issued to

    renewals 4/1/1942.  Highest numbers (somewhere between 59-142 and

    75-883) issued first; known plates as follows:  66-316 "12-31-41",

    62-936, 64-683 "3-31-42", 58-738 "9-30-42".  Front plates removed 1943-44.

    Highest pair verified:  71-923

     

     

    1948-59 BLACK RIVETED BASE

    4-1-47   "3-31-48"  Type 1             4 - 131203

    1-1-51  "12-31-51"  Type 2             4 - 190000

    2-1-58   "9-30-58"  Type 3             4 - 185983

     

    Description of Types:

    Type 1 - Stainless steel numbers on stainless steel base

    Type 2 - Reflective white steel numbers on aluminum or steel base

    Type 3 - Reflective white steel numbers on 6" x 12" steel base

     

    Dormant numbers periodically reassigned as available 1948-present.

    #999999 reached May 1998.

     

     

    1959-63 BLUE RIVETED BASE

    10-1-58  "9-30-59"  Type 1          1011 -  29423

    10-1-58  "9-30-59"  Type 2         11757 - 133905

    10-1-58  "9-30-59"  Type 3             4 - 192813

    Dec. 59  "9-30-60"  Type 4             4 - 163852

    Jun. 59  "3-31-60"  Type 5             4 - 212784

     

    Description of Types:

    Type 1 - 5 1/2" x 11", steel, "DELAWARE" flattened, then screened

    Type 2 - 6" x 12", steel, "DELAWARE" flattened, then screened

    Type 3 - 6" x 12", steel, "DELAWARE" screened, straight leg "R"

    Type 4 - As Type 3, but aluminum

    Type 5 - 6" x 12", aluminum, "DELAWARE" screened, curved leg "R"

            (Palmer reports blue 150672 as 5 1/2" x 11")

     

     

    1963-2020 FIRST STATE BASE

    8-1-62  "JUN 63"  Type 1               4 - 261347

    Oct.68  "SEP 69"  Type 2               4 - 999998

     

    Description of Types:

    Type 1 - Riveted numbers, no border

    Type 2 - Flat, screened numbers, border, new colors

    Type 3 - As Type 2, but riveted numbers (replacements only)

     

    All bases 1941-present currently revalidated.  Exact reproductions

    of Porcelain and Black Riveted bases allowed starting May 1986,

    with only allowable difference being bolt slot location.