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100-year-old license plate goes on display at Saratoga County offices

This framed 1912 New York license plate, one of a rare vintage stamped on porcelain, will be put on display in the Saratoga County clerk's office in Ballston Spa. Pictured holding the license plate is Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.
This framed 1912 New York license plate, one of a rare vintage stamped on porcelain, will be put on display in the Saratoga County clerk's office in Ballston Spa. Pictured holding the license plate is Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.
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A rare 100-year-old porcelain New York state license plate will be going on public display soon at the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office. The plate shows slight chipping — and that was the basic problem with porcelain license plates, which New York produced for only one year before switching to embossed steel. The number — 53538 — appears in white numbers on a bright red enamel background. “They thought they’d be durable, but they weren’t. They ...


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