Remember last week when I talked about how much I love this envelope, the one that contained my renewal sticker for my license plate? Well, today I'm going to take on the real thing.
I think I was inspired by Monday's episode of American Pickers (if you're an Ephemeraologist and you're not watching "Pickers" yet: run, don't walk, to your library and rent Season 1!). Frank and Mike are in Detroit and they come across a leather license plate from 1908, made specifically for an Oldsmobile. Leather! I had no clue that this was the origin of the plate! Of course they moved on to metal eventually but along the way some were made with a porcelain enamel too.
If you're my age or thereabouts (almost 43!), no doubt you played the license plate game when you went on long trips. I loved it. I liked pretending that each state was a different country and I just enjoyed the different designs and colors on the different plates. Of course, in the Seventies those plates were pretty cut and dry - the plate was one color and the numbers/letters were another. This was before the days of the vanity plate and all of the different causes/schools/sports teams choices one can make today.
I also wanted to get the license plate offer from Honeycomb cereal SO badly! I think we might've but that information is lost to antiquity. I'll ask my sister - she's better at remembering stuff like that!
Besides that wonderful renewal envelope, I have a couple of license plate items that make me smile. For example:
Tiny Things are Cute, are staying with me. As you can see I did open one for this photo - it was like I was 11 again! :D
they command a hefty price on Ebay (don't hate me, but I think the whole lot of these cost me five bucks). My lot runs from 1952-1973 for the Wisconsin tags and I don't know what year the one from Nebraska was made.
I haven't as of yet made any art dealing with license plates, but there's always tomorrow! Seems to me those tiny keychains are screaming to be made into a mixed-media assemblage piece......stay tuned! :D