The 1914 Plates
Tombstone Epitath Article Dec 14, 1913.--CLICK above.
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.
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!)
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|
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
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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.