August 14, 2006

Today in Automotive History

1893 Paris issues first license plates

On this day, the world's first automobile license plates were issued in Paris, France. However, plates were not issued in the United States for a few more years, when they were finally instituted as a safety measure. The city of Boston was the first to require its motorists to hold a license and register their vehicle--the owner would make his own plate with the corresponding registration numbers. The rest of Massachusetts soon followed the trend and began issuing registration plates made of iron and covered with a porcelain enamel.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 14, 2006 07:30 AM | TrackBack

Those would be very heavy license plates!

Posted by: John at August 14, 2006 03:52 PM