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Ontario license plates made from 1905 to 1910 were the second issue after the leather plates. The rubber plates were made by Gutta Percha & Rubber Ltd. established in 1883. The factory and headquarters were located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gutta-percha is a name for a type of tree that has a sap that latex rubber can be produced from. In addition to manufacturing and selling tires, the operation produced and distributed a full line of rubber goods across Canada – including license plates.

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YearPlate NumberOwnershipDetailsPicture
19056Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 47 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1905116Dave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley. Also pictured, pg 10 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1905126Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
1905145Dennis HuronCurrently attached to his 1903 Ford Model A.
1905332Science and Tech Museum OttawaStill mounted on original 1905 Buick.
1905506Eric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
1905506Mounted to 1906 Cadillac K Model owned by Fawcett family of OshawaImage courtesy of Flickr
1905571McLaughlin/Fawcett FamilyMounted on 1905 Ford. Owned by descendants of McLaughlin Motor Car Company.
1905642Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of known collector
1905686Martine Stonehouse CollectionFacebook image. In display frame. Sold in Acton c2010
1905711Joe Sallmen CollectionImage courtesy of Manny Jacob
19051004Mike Franks CollectionOriginally registered to AC Darling of Petrolia. Discovered in 2017. Mr. Darling is pictured at the top of this page.
19051139William Loftus CollectionImage courtesy of William Loftus. Originally registered to Charles O'Connon, Park St., Dundas, ON.
19051256Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 10 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19051283Larry Becker CollectionImage courtesy of the Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa.
19051707Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook. Formerly in the Hayes collection.
19051920MTO ArchivesImage courtesy of Jim Becksted (2000).
19051970Bill McNevan collectionImage courtesy of Bill McNevan
19051972Ian Hayhurst CollectionPicture courtesy of Ian Hayhurst.
19052234Dave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley
19052280Neale Hankins CollectionImage courtesy of Neale Hankins. Formerly part of Hartung collection.
19052427Brian Woodard Collection
19052561Unknown Private CollectionPair, posted for sale on ebay 2017.
19052694Unknown Private CollectionPictured on auction house website.
19053399Unknown Private CollectionInternet image
19053921Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 11 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19053955Murray Mutch Collection
19054160Eric Vettoretti CollectionPictured on cover of Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19054242Murray Mutch CollectionWhite wall material missing within number area. Lower picture is the reverse side. Speculation is possible lack of reciprocity caused owner to paint neighbouring prov/state registration on back to save mounting two plates.
19054455Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Manny Jacob (likely from ebay)
19054610Norm Ratcliffe CollectionImage courtesy of Norm Ratcliffe
19054871Eric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
19055299Joe Sallmen Collection Pair; image courtesy of Joe Sallmen
19055523Jon Upton CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19055535Bill McNevan collectionReverse side contains a Gutta-Percha embossed seal. Image courtesy of Bill McNevan
19056131Allan Lomas CollectionPair
19056642Alan Bones CollectionImage courtesy of Alan Bones. Also pictured, pg 80 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19056916On display at Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe Ontario.Internet Image
19057097Joe Sallmen Collection Image courtesy of Joe Sallmen
19108656MTO ArchivesLowest surviving 1910 issue as of this writing. Image courtesy of Jim Becksted (2000).
19108952Unknown Private CollectionPair; sold on ebay in 2013. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19109211Eric Taylor Collection
19109215Unknown Private CollectionPictured on cover of Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19109221Allan Lomas CollectionPlate is whole, photo crop along bottom.
19109326Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 11 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19109395Eric Vettoretti CollectionOriginally from Hamilton CAA office display.
19109452Dave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley
19109738Jon Upton CollectionHighest confirmed 1910 issue. Image courtesy of the back-bumper.ca
Total Known:53

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Dealer/Manufacturer

None are known to survive at this time. Letter combinations were based on the dealer/manufacturer’s choosing.

 

 

1908, Ontario, Dealer Plate EKB (image: Flicker)

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Motorcycle

From 1906 to 1910 only about 400 plates were made and issued. The plates consisted of a rubber front, leather back and were crimped together by a metal rim. As of this writing only 2 are known to survive.

YearPlate NumberOwnershipDetailsPicture
1908293Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2011 from Plunkett collection. Ebay Image.
1910413Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth - 2013. Also pictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
Total Known:2

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1929, Toronto Police P. S. Kenneth Gibb

 

Fake Rubber Plates

Below are the known fake rubber plates. Most seem to be made of painted fibreboard or thick fabric such as #1441.

YearPlate NumberOwnershipDetailsPicture
1905 Replica Motorcycle14Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1905 Replica448Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth. "Ontario" never appeared on low numbered plates.
1905 Replica844Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
1905 Replica1441Unknown Private CollectionFormerly in the Hayes collection, current whereabouts unknown.
1905 Replica1908Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Barrie Flea Market
1910 Replica5658Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1910 Replica8565Unknown Private CollectionSold at Warren Hasting's Auction in 1996. Current whereabouts unknown.
1910 Replica8565Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Different from above since no "Ontario". Fiberboard.
1910 Replica9438Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Fiberboard.
Total Known10

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1909, Ontario, location unknown, Internet Image

 

Ontario Early Years Plate Registry, Eric Vettoretti 2017

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