For collectors, license plates are a unique way to tell the country’s history

The appeal of a license plate display is as varied as the labels themselves – some collectors are drawn to the era in which they learned to drive, others to the country where they bought their first car, some just enjoy the story.

The Vineland License Plate Show & Sale is an outdoor vendor’s show and swap meet for license plate collectors and dealers, with license plates from around the world on display, traded and sold.

The show will take place on Saturday at the Prudhommes Antique Market, 3125 North Service Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event attracts collectors who like to socialize and share their hobby – and their knowledge.

“It’s a very diverse bunch, not just gear car guys anymore,” said show organizer Dave Colonna.

There will be 15 confirmed vendors at the show so far.

Plate vendors are set up in the grass in front of the market, with a few classic cars on display, as well as market vendors with antiques and vintage collectibles for sale.

The Canadian License Plate Collectors Club will auction autographed NHL license plates during the show.

This free-entry market includes free parking and will have an on-site food truck.

All proceeds will go to the Red Cross in order to support those still suffering from the war in Ukraine.

License plates are used all over the world, and they have been around since the turn of the last century. A license plate is a metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle or trailer for the purpose of official identification. It contains symbols, colors or slogans associated with the issuing jurisdiction. All countries require license plates for road vehicles such as cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The price of used license plates varies depending on rarity and uniqueness. For people new to the hobby looking for plates for regular cars and trucks from the 1940s or later, plates are usually under $10. The price goes down as the years get newer.

First issued in 1903, the license plates contain rich and historical stories about transportation in the province. From 1921, the metal was embossed with hydraulic presses. This building process continues to the present day.

“Some of us are really historians who aren’t just interested in finding a wall hanging, but actually looking to find the story behind the things we collect,” said Jon Upton, administrator of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA), one of the clubs that will be present at the show.

“A lot of archival material is hopelessly locked away in a safe somewhere on old newspapers,” he added. “We were able to identify various plaques that were used in the very early years by prominent members of the Ontario community, and many of those plaques will no longer exist, but there is a very strong historical contingent where they will cast a chord. eye and see the history of the highway and the road.”

Upton, who started collecting license plates at age 10, said there are many reasons why a person desires license plates. It can be an unintended chance to get a license plate from a garage or receive a memorial gift from a family member.

ALPCA, which was founded in 1954, has 3,200 active members, including approximately 150 members from Canada.

Given how often Canadians buy automobiles, it’s no surprise that nearly every household has a few rusty license plates in the garage from past vehicles.

A license plate collector since 1985, John Rubick, an octogenarian license plate collector, said the best way to keep a plate clean is to “wash it with a mild soap that’s gentle on the plate and put some wax on it.” for a beautiful shine” regularly.

As an avid license plate collector, Rubick amassed over 12,000 license plates throughout his life. The appreciation of people and the hobby of a lifetime makes him feel good, he said.

Rubick plans to attend Saturday’s show.

Cyan Ko is a summer intern in the Centennial College Journalism Program

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