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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.

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1914 plate with vehicle

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This 1914 pair was once registered to the old Buick shown above.
Photo was taken in 1914 somewhere between Tucson and Nogales, Az.

(Special thanks goes out to Conrad Hughson and Corb Moister for the photos!)

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

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)

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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
2564 2758 3169 3179 3301
3341 3390 3605 3606 3613
3702 3773 3795 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 ...
70 ... (including pairs)

( Last update: #3795 from private collection, 9/2/17 )
( #2564 from private collection, 6/1/17 )
( #2214 now known as 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 first two digits 1-7 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 TWENTY 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



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

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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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