The 1914 Plates

         
     

Tombstone Epitath Article Dec 14, 1913.--CLICK above.

Tombstone Epitath Article July 5, 1914. "1914 PLATES, HALF-OFF SALE"


   

The 1914's were the first state-issued plates in Arizona.
Measuring just 4 1/2 inches in height, they are the shortest of all the Arizona passenger plates.
The earliest plates were manufactured with just four mounting holes. Later, slots were added at the top.
It's not known when this change took place. Plates numbered thru #3931 are unslotted with one
notable exception, the #1255 slotted Dealer plate. And plates from #4166
and higher have slots.
(At this time, plate #4130 is unknown.)

The 3 digit plates had that unusual hyphen filling in the empty space at the right.
It's still unknown what the 1 or 2 digit plates look like as we are still waiting for one to show up.

With only slightly over 5000 vehicles registered in the entire
state that year, one can only wonder as to how many still exist.
These are the most sought-after of all the Arizona plates.


1914 plate with vehicle

1914 #1106

This 1914 plate is the actual plate
once mounted on the vehicle shown above.
Photo was taken in 1914 somewhere between
Tucson and Nogales, Az.

(Special thanks goes out to Conrad Hughson for both photos!)

 


 

AHS-CAD Photo----------


Here's another!
This 1914 photo of the overheated Ford, found at the

Arizona Historical Society, Central Az Div. , matches up yet another 1914 plate!
Note the scratches along the lower portion of the numbers
from being wedged below the windshield.


(Plate #4606 from a private collection)


 
Known Numbers of Existing 1914s
277- 279- 447- 493- 531-
736- 874- 880- 997- 1080
1091 1105 1106 1184 1255 Dlr
1440 1441 1461 1549 1678
1738 1804 1883 1884 1906
2103 2214 2369 2505 2526
2758 3169 3179 3301 3341
3390 3605 3606 3613 3702
3773 3845 3855 3926 3931
4130 4166 4168 4336 4391
4404 4491 4606 4673 4883
    4996    

Underlined #s represent pairs, most of which are split up.

TOTAL of ...
68 ... (including pairs)

( Last update: #2214, now known as a intact pair, 4/15/15 )
( #4673 John Willard collection, 2/8/14 )
( #1255 undesignated Dealer pair, 9/25/13 )
( #880 noted as pair not a single, 5/8/11 )
( #2505 from private collection, 6/17/10 )

Plate #1710 is not included since the digits1-7 were randomly added to a remnant
of a plate in which only the 1-0 were known.
Click here for image. BUYER-BEWARE

 


1914
Top 20 Registrations by City

 
  Phoenix 1455   Yuma 87  
  Tucson 534   Kingman 76  
  Douglas 292   Glendale 75  
  Globe 226   Safford 68  
  Bisbee 183   Winslow 65  
  Mesa 177   Miami 64  
  Prescott 162   Jerome 56  
  Tempe 106   Clifton 48  
  Flagstaff 94   Chandler 39  
  Nogales 91   Holbrook 37  



GEARLY GREENLEE COUNTY REGISTRATIONS BY CITY

  CITY   1912-13   1914   1915   1916   1917  
  CLIFTON   20   48   63   96   187  
                         
  MORENCI   0   8   26   50   95  
                         
  DUNCAN   6   12   15   41   46  
                         
  METCALF   0   1   1   3   17  
                         
  YORK   0   0   1   2   7  
                         
  FRANKLIN   0   0   1   2   5  
                         
  SHELDON   0   0   1   0   1  
                         
  TOTAL   26   69   108   194   358  

 




1914 Dealer ( pvt collection )

Dealers were issued regular passenger plates in 1914 and the
state did not mark their plates with DEALER until the following year.


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