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MANITOBA LICENCE PLATES
From 1977 issue of "The Cart" by the Lord Selkirk Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
1908 - First Registration for cars in Manitoba.
Pre 1911Anumber was issued, but no standard plate supplied. The owner made his/her own plate.
Some leather plates were issued for certain municipalities. The motorist was to paint or attach the assigned number. A 3" oval aluminum tag was issued.
1911 - Single porcelain white on blue plate.
First government issued plate, as some motorists used poor paint, small letters, or non-contrasting colors. Some painted numbers on the car. The rare white on brown 1911 plate is believed to be a taxi plate, or a plate to replace a lost one.
1912 - Plates issued for front and rear of car.
The 1912 porcelain plate was smaller than the 1911 large plate that interfered with the cooling and cranking of the car. Some motorists cut a notch in the bottom of the plate to fit the crank. Buffalo first appeared on Manitoba plates.
1915 - Steel plates rusted badly, so they are very rare. Due to World War 1 and expenses, cheaper plates were issued. Dealer plates had a small D in front of the number.
1918 - Due to the expenses of the war, the ·1918 plates were made to accept the 3" x 3" 1919 tag.
1919 - Due to preparation the 1919tags were used, even though the war had ended.
1920 - Steel plates issued again.
1921to 1926three sizes to save metal. The 1923''s were short, medium and long. Shorts are scarce, as only 999 of each were issued. Truck plates were longer to include the word truck. Dealer plates had reverse colors.
1926 - First time century omitted and appears as Man. 26, rather than Man. 1926. 1926truck plate appears to be longest Man. plate issued.
1927 - Manitoba, rather than Man. first appears.
1941 - Due to World War II metal shortage, these are scarce. They had to be turned in to receive 1942 plates.
1932-1942 - Winnipeg had a special "vehicle tax" aluminum plate to indicate tax of $5 paid for street paving etc. Car tags had black letters, trucks had red. After 1932all had 4 holes in the same place to fit license plate bracket.
1943 - 3" x 3" tags were affixed to the 1942 plate. Tag number matched the 1942 plate number.
1944 - Windshield stickers were issued for cars and trucks, due to metal shortage. Trailers, (not having windshields), were issued the returned 1941 car plates with a TL painted on and a "44" sticker added. Tractors had the 1" x 1" 44 sticker added to 1942 plates.
1911-1948 - The same licence number was often issued to the same motorist.
1949 - A tag was added to the 1948 plate. In 1949the ''48 plate was re-issued with a blank instead of a "48" on it. The 49 tag covered the blank.
1950 - Single letter first appeared between numbers. FT plates issued for farm trucks to distinguish it from farm plate on farm cars.
1951 - Red tag was issued to affix to 1950 plate. The aluminum tag could be bent once to prevent theft or re-use of the tag.
1953 to 1957 2" x 12" metal strips added to bottom of plates.
1958 - Buffalo reappeared on the plates. Two letters used for first time.
1971- Introduction of lightreflecting aluminum plates. Sunny Manitoba and 100,000 lakes added to plates. Shape of buffalo changed.
1971 - Yellow Autopac sticker appeared in fall.
1976 - Friendly Manitoba appeared on plate.
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