Very Early California Leather & Mesh License Plate SOLD A1189

Fascinating artifact of the early days of motoring. Price on request.   American Pre-State License Plates: 1901 – 1910 Our story begins in 1901 when the State of New York and the City of Cleveland, Ohio realized that it was time to begin requiring license plates for motorcars. The purpose was not to raise revenue – there weren’t enough ...

Very Early California Leather & Mesh License Plate SOLD A1188

This is a terrific rarity and a fascinating curiosity. Price on request. In the first decade of the century, the most common means of making a license was through the local harness shop. And that’s where leather comes into the picture. Tack shops could see that their trade – and business – was ending rapidly as the ...

Original Antique Photograph of a 1909 Packard 30 Roadster with Chauffeur in Frame P1353

From my personal automotive collection I offer this original black and white photograph of a brand spanking new 1909 Packard 30 Runabout. I believe the gentleman to be the family Chauffeur. And if he's the Dad in the family, he's still the family chauffeur. Women of the period tended to dodge that bullet. The photo ...