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From 1912 to 1920 Ontario made flat metal motorcycle plates. The numbers and crest were silk-screened without any embossing. They were issued in doubles starting in 1917 – one for the rear of the motorcycle (one-sided graphic), while the front plate was mounted parallel over the front tire and was a two-sided graphic. Very few of these exist today as motorcycle registrations were very low during this era. Below are the known motorcycle plates from this decade.

 

 

1920, Mitchell Ontario, Indian 1000 (image: Flicker)

 

1912-1920 Motorcycle

YearPlate NumberOwnershipDetailsPicture
1912664Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1912842Known Private CollectionMatt Embro spotted being used on a 1912 YOM motorcycle.
191399Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19141965Unknown private collectionImage courtesy of known collector
19142175Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19142744Known Private CollectionFor sale by Patterson at Barrie Flea Market c2000. Image courtesy of Jon Upton
19143601Bill Thoman CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1915617Known Private CollectionFor sale by Patterson at Barrie Flea Market c2000. Image courtesy of Jon Upton. Also pictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1915985Eric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
19151908Bill Thoman CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19153137Unknown private collectionImage courtesy of known collector
1916167 (Speculated)Known Private CollectionImage provided by owner. Could also be a 1912 given the white colour on the back of the plate. Inconclusive.
19161443Bill Thoman CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19162465Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19171185Known Private CollectionFor sale by Patterson at Barrie Flea Market c2000. Image courtesy of Jon Upton.
19172123Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19173431Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19174479Bill Thoman CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1918969Unknown Private CollectionPair pictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19181587Eric Vettoretti Collection
19182806Unknown Private CollectionInternet Image
19182863Bill Thoman CollectionPair; image courtesy of Jon Upton
19182899Known Private CollectionPair; image courtesy of owner
19184510Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2017.
19185519Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
1919133Unknown Private CollectionDouble sided single. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth. Sold on ebay in 2013.
1919268Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
1919707Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
19192023Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
19192319Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
19192654Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19193349Bill Thoman CollectionPair; image courtesy of Bill Thoman
19194956Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1920679William Loftus CollectionPair; image courtesy of William Loftus
19201217Terry Ellsworth CollectionDouble sided single. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19201291Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19202405Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Worthpoint.
19203349Unknown Private CollectionInternet Image
19204700Known Private CollectionImage provided by owner
19206238Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Taken in Acton.
19206347Bill Thoman CollectionPair; Image courtesy of Jon Upton
Total Known:51

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1928, J. Graham Oates Trans-Canada Expedition (image: Library and Archives Canada)

 

 

Ontario Early Years Plate Registry, Eric Vettoretti 2017

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