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Paper Plate

A combination of metal shortages and bureaucratic bungling resulted in the state penitentiary running out of materials with which to manufacture license plates during the 1974 license year. For a period of time the state was forced to print up thousands of red-on-white paper plates and distribute them in lieu of metal plates.  After about two months a new supply of metal blanks was received by the prison, and a metal plate bearing the same serial number as was on the paper plate was manufactured and mailed out to each person who had earlier received a paper tag.


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