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Site Activity Log for 2006

Some links may be inoperable due to changes subsequently made to corresponding pages.

Fri., Dec. 29, 2006
Replaced the existing image of a Press permit (upon which the year of issue had been obscured) on our new page dedicated to miscellaneous permits with a dated 1939 example; added image of an early porcelain enamel Vendor permit to the same page, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier; added image of police motorcycle plate (with a 73 prefix) to our Government-Owned Types page, also provided by Charlie.
   
Thurs., Dec. 28
Added images contributed by Charlie Gauthier of 1969, 1972-73, 1974-75, and 1975-76 U.S. Congress Staff permits to our page dedicated to U.S. Congress Plate Attachments.
   
Wed., Dec. 27
Added images of 1958, 1965, 1967, and 1968 U.S. Congress Staff permits and 94th Congress permit provided by Charlie Gauthier to our page dedicated to U.S. Congress Plate Attachments.
   
Tue., Dec. 26
Added images of 1967, 1974-75, and 1976-77 U.S. Senate Staff and 1976 Capitol Staff permits, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier, to our page dedicated to U.S. Congress Plate Attachments; modified text about 1942 Diplomatic plates at the bottom of our page dedicated to that type due to changes in assumptions about why different varieties of 1942 plates exist; made minor to changes to other non-passenger plate pages.
   
Sat., Dec. 23
Created new page for Miscellaneous Permits that supports the Permits and Sample Plates ("Other Plates" link) page. Modified the Other Plates page in order that Press and Coal Business permits would be addressed on the new page. Added images of 1981 Solid Waste Collection Vehicle permit provided by David Doernberg, Press permit provided by Charlie Gauthier, and 1940 Coal Dealer permit to the new page.
   
Fri., Dec. 22
Added images of plates and permits in use provided by Andy Pang: 2002 Temporary, 2000 base "U.S. Rep" Public Official, and 1991 base Handicapped Person and "First Elected Mayor" Public Official plates to Non-Passenger plate page; current Police, Police Motorcycle, and Foreign Organization plate no. 14 to Government-Owned Types page; expires 2005 (red) and 2006 (blue) Dealer plates to Dealer page; recent (undated) white-on-blue Annual Special Permit to the page dedicated to that type; and 2000 base passenger plate no. BJ-3710 to the page dedicated to that base.
   
Thurs., Dec. 21
Prepared and added to our page on the subject of Diplomatic plates additional images provided by Charlie Gauthier, including 1946 ("EX-3-31-47" and revalidated with a "48" tab) plate no. 1217. Wrote text about die and manufacturing variations for that page and added close-up image of city name on two 1942 plates to illustrate slight but distinct variations in appearance.
   
Tue., Dec. 19
Prepared image of 1942 ("EX-3-31-43") Diplomatic plate no. 474, provided by Charlie Gauthier, for presentation on our page devoted to that type.
   
Sun., Dec. 17
Added explanatory text to our page on the subject of Diplomatic plates and modified related pages to make this page accessible to DCplates.com users. Added image of 1978 Diplomatic plate to Type Set page, and replaced 1978 base Dealer plate on that page and our dedicated Dealer plate page with a more clear image than what had been shown previously. Modified Home page to announce the publication of our Diplomatic plate page.
   
Fri., Dec. 15
Replaced 1946 restamped hire plate on home page (In The Headlights section) with 1974 base commercial plate and corresponding 3-31-82 registration certificate; also removed photo of 1972 Ford Mustang from home page and made other slight modifications to this page. Switched back to "collage background" banner on home page.
   
Wed., Dec.13
Added images of 1976 (exp. 3-31-77) 1977, 1978, and 1983 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Nov. 27.)
   
Sun., Dec.10
Added images of 1971 (exp. 3-31-72) 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Nov. 27.)
   
Fri., Dec.8
Added images of undated 1968 (exp. 3-31-69) 1969, and 1970 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Nov. 27.)
   
Thurs., Dec.7
Added images of 1965 (exp. 3-31-66) 1966, and 1967 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Nov. 27.)
   
Mon., Dec.4
Added images of 1962 (exp. 3-31-63) 1963, and 1964 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Nov. 27.)
   
Sun., Dec.3
Added images of 1957 (exp. 3-31-58) 1959, 1960, and 1961 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Mon., Nov. 27.)
   
Fri., Dec.1, 2006
Added images of 1955 (exp. 3-31-56) and 1956 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Mon., Nov. 27.)
   
Thurs., Nov. 30
Added images of 1953 (exp. 3-31-54) and 1954 Diplomatic plates. (See entry for Mon., Nov. 27.)
   
Tue., Nov. 28
Added images of 1951 and 1952 Diplomatic plates. (See entry immediately below.)
   
Mon., Nov. 27
Added images of 1948 and 1950 Diplomatic plates contributed by Kevin and Charlie Gauthier to a page being prepared about plates of this type (which is not yet online).
   
Tue., Nov. 14, 2006

Added images of 1970, 1971, and 1983 Temporary plates to the Non-Passenger Plate page; also added to text about plates of this type.

   
Sun., Oct. 15

Made corrections to text and captions on Pre-1974 Passenger page based upon information learned from documentation provided by Steve Raiche as to the period of use for plates dated 1948 through 1952.

Added images of 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1969 Temporary plates to the Non-Passenger Plate page; also added a close-up image of the data entry section of one of the plates and modified and expanded text about plates of this type.

   
Thurs., Oct. 12
Separated single section of Non-Passenger plate page on the subject of cardboard temporary plates into two separate sections: Special Use and Temporary. Added images of Special Use plates that expired in 1951, 1957, and 1962 as well as a close-up image of the explanatory text that appears on the back of plates of this type. Also modified and expanded text about Special Use plates.
   
Tue., Oct. 10
Added images of 1969 ("3-31-70") and 1978 base Commercial plates to the page dedicated to that type; also added 1978 base to the Type Set page. Also added image of a 1974 base Commercial plate with a registration error to our section on error plates.
   
Mon., Oct. 9
Added images of 1960 ("3-31-61") Medical Doctor and 1991 base Handicapped Person plates to Non-Passenger plate page. Also added three images contributed by Kevin and Charlie Gauthier to page being prepared on the subject of Diplomat license plates.
   
Sun., Oct. 8

Added information about and images of special plates issued in conjunction with a 1999 NATO Summit held in Washington to our page dedicated to miscellaneous special event plates, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.

Created a page (which is not yet online) devoted to the subject of Washington, D.C. Diplomat license plates.

   
Sat., Oct. 7
Added images: 1984 base Clergy plate no. CL-262 and 1991 base Personalized plate no. P to Non-Passenger plate page; the first 2000 ("Taxation") base auto plate, no. AZ-0000, to the page dedicated to that base; and Bad Boys Club and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority organizational plates to the page dedicated to that subject. These scarce and interessting plates are shown through the courtesy of David Doernberg (Clergy plate) and Andy Pang (four others).
   
Sun., Oct. 1, 2006
Added information provided by Charlie Gauthier about 1993, 1997, and 2001 Presidential Inauguration license plates to the page dedicated to this subject. Also added today and provided by Charlie: images of two automobile dealer advertising attachments to the Dealer page and a 1962 (exp. 3-31-63 and marked "1963") motorcycle plate to the Non-Passenger Plates page.
   
Sat., Sept. 30
Added images of 1974 (Bicentennial) and 1978 (Nation's Capital) base Dealer plates found on eBay to the page dedicated to that type. Nineteen seventy-eight base also added to Type Set page.
   
Sun., Sept. 24
Added information from a 1989 ALPCA Newsletter article by Charlie Gauthier on the subject of 1989 Presidential Inauguration license plates to the page dedicated to this subject; also added links and other features to make this growing page more easily navigable.
   
Sat., Sept. 23
Added information, much of it provided by Charlie Gauthier, about 1973, 1977, 1981, and 1985 Presidential Inauguration license plates to the page dedicated to this subject.
   
Sun., Sept. 10

Added image of undated brown-on-white D.C. Government plate (no. 30) to the Government-Owned Types page, courtesy of Chalier Gauthier. To the same section has been added information about two-letter prefixes used on some D.C. Government plates (such as no. SE-894 pictured) provided by Jeff Minard.

Added images of 1983, '84, '87, '88, '90, and '91 Annual Special Hauling Permits to the page dedicated to that subject; also replaced undated black-on-tan plate no. 65-0211 with an example in better condition. Slight modifications were also made to the text on this page.

   
Wed., Sept. 6, 2006
Added information provided by Charlie Gauthier about 1961, 1965, and 1969 Presidential Inauguration license plates to the page dedicated to this subject.
   
Wed., Aug. 30
Added image of the rare 2005 plate validation sticker to our sticker gallery courtesy of Chuck Crisler.
   
Sun., Aug. 27
Added explanatory text provided by Charlie Gauthier to introductory and 1933-1957 sections of our Presidential Inauguration page.
   
Sun., Aug. 20
Added images of 1969, 1989, 1993, 2001, and both styles of 2005 Presidential Inauguration plates, as well as Inaugural motorcycle plates issued since 1989 to the page dedicated to that subject. Thanks to Inaugural plate expert Charlie Gauthier for sharing these plates from his collection.
   
Sat., Aug. 19
Added images of 1949, 1953, 1957, and 1961 Presidential Inauguration plates provided by Charlie Gauthier to the page dedicated to that subject. Also added images of two undated (black on tan and yellow on black) and dated 86 Special Annual Hauling Permits to the page dedicated to that subject. Text on this page was modified substantially to incorporate information about these permits learned upon review of original registration documentation obtained with the dated 86 permit.
   
Tue., Aug. 8
Added images of 1933, 1937, and 1941 Presidential Inauguration plates, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier, to the page dedicated to that subject.
   
Thurs., Aug. 3, 2006
Replaced three-line, red-and-white navigation bars on most third- and fourth-tier pages with one-line, green-on-white navigation bars in an effort to reduce clutter at and move content closer to the top of these pages.
   
Sun., July 30

Added image of 2007 sticker to the sticker gallery on the Validation Stickers page, courtesy of Chuck Crisler. Added security mark data provided by Corb Moister to the appropriate section of the Miscellaneous Topics page. Recognition of these contributors has been added to our home page.

In an effort to continue to improve the organization of DCplates.com, information about Commercial (Truck) and Dealer plates have been moved onto separate pages. Appropriate changes have been made to related non-passenger plate pages to reflect these new pages. Images of two interesting dealer identification crests have been added to the new Dealer page, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier, and similar ephemeral items will continue to be added to this page.

   
Tue., July 25
Added image of a D.C. Government plate believed to be from the late 1960s to the Government-Owned non-passenger plate page; also replaced the existing 1970s/early 1980s D.C. Government plate on this page with another plate of this base and type in better condition. Created and launched a page dedicated to miscellaneous special event plates, which can be reached via the Special Events plate page, with two plates (AAMVA and ASAE) courtesy of Charlie Gauthier; also altered the Special Events page to reflect the new page. Altered the table of estimated passenger registration numbers issued annually on the 2000 (Taxation Without Representation) base near the top of the page dedicated to that base to include letter series not used.
   
Sat., July 22
Added images of 1991 base Bus plate to Public Service non-passenger plate page, 2000 base Commercial plate to Trucks and Trailers page, two 2000 base Dealer plates to Dealer page, and 2004 sticker to Validation Stickers page.
   
Thurs., July 20
Added images of white-on-red (year unknown), 1981, and 1982 permits to Annual Special Permit page and made corresponding modifications to page layout and accompanying text.
   
Tue., July 18
Added security mark data collected at the A.L.P.C.A. annual convention to the appropriate section of the Miscellaneous Topics page.
   
Sun., July 9
Added images of 1967 ("3-31-68"), 1969 ("3-31-70"), and 1972 ("3-31-73") Transport plates to Motor Vehicle Business page.
   
Sat., July 8
Added images of 1949, 1961 ("3-31-62"), 1968 ("3-31-69"), and 1969 ("3-31-70") Dealer plates to Dealer page.
   
Tue., July 4
Added images of 1961 ("3-31-62"), 1962 ("3-31-63"), 1963 ("3-31-64"), and 1966 (1965 (undated) base with "3-31-67" sticker) Commercial and 1957 ("3-31-58") Trailer plates to Trucks and Trailers page.
   
Mon., July 3
Added images of 1960 ("3-31-61"), 1965 ("3-31-66"), and 1972 ("3-31-73") Commercial plates and 1973 ("3-31-74") Trailer plate to Trucks and Trailers page; Added security mark data provided by Dave Nicholson to Security Marks section of Miscellaneous Topics page.
   
Sun., July 2, 2006
Added image of 1939 (exp. 2-29-40) standard size passenger plate to Pre-1974 Passenger page; created Annual Special Permit page with images of green-on-white (year unknown), 1977 (undated white on green) and 1980 permits; created link to Annual Special permit page from Other Plates page.
   
Sat., June 24
Added images of 1940 ("3-31-41"), 1946 ("3-31-47"), and 1947 ("3-31-48") Commercial plates to Trucks and Trailers page.
   
Fri., June 23
Added images of Sample, Annual Special Permit, and Coal Dealer plates to Other Plates page, and 1938 Commercial plate to Trucks and Trailers page.
   
Sun., June 4
Added explanatory text to and posted Congressional Permits page. Made appropriate changes to Other Plates and Home pages to reflect posting of Congressional Permits page. Electronically changed number on 2001 Presidential Inauguration plate on Special Events page from CT-27 to 000 in order for it to be consistent with other plates shown on that page.
   
Sat., June 3
Added images of 87th, 95th, 96th (2), 97th (2), 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, and 108th Congressional permits to page dedicated to this subject (which is not yet online).
   
Fri., June 2, 2006
Added images of 79th, 80th, and 81st (2) Congressional permits to page dedicated to this subject (which is not yet online); also adjusted position, dimensions, and captions of images added on May 29.
   
Mon., May 29
Created new page for Congressional permits and added eight images, through that of the 77th Congress (1941-42). (This page is not yet online.)
   
Sun., May 28
Added images of 1968 Passenger plates issued for the 1970, '71, '72, and '73 registration years to the 1965-73 page, also added these and images of 1966 and later plates to Pre-1974 Passenger page. Added various links to make1965-73 page accessible from various points on the site. Changed menu bar labels for Pre-1966 Passenger page to read Pre-1974 Passenger. Eliminated on Non-Passenger page information that now appears on 1965-73 page.
   
Sat., May 27
Added images to 1965-73 page (which has not yet been integrated into the site - see May 24 entry): 1966 ("3-31-67" and undated styles) base Passenger; 1968 (undated) base Diplomatic Staff (exp. 3-31-71) Rental (exp. 3-31-70) and Passenger 1968 (no sticker) and 1969 (exp. 3-31-70).
   
Thurs., May 25
Added images of 1971 ("3-31-72") Bus, 1972 ("3-31-73") Commercial (Truck), and 1973 ("3-31-74") Trailer plates to 1965-73 page (which has not yet been integrated into the site - see May 24 entry).
   
Wed., May 24
Began constructing a page dedicated to plates issued and used from April 1965 through March 1974. This page is not complete yet, but get a sneak preview by clicking here.
   
Sun., May 21
Added images to Government-Owned non-passenger plate page. To D.C. Government section, posted 1933 A-prefix (D.C. and U.S. Govt.) and 1936, late 1970s/early 1980s, and c.1985 D.C. Govt. plates. To U.S. Governemnt section, posted 1938 truck, late 1950s, and 1970s plates. Also placed image of c.1985 D.C. Govt. plate on Type Set page. Posting of updated Type Set page results in first appearance of 1978 (Nation's Capital) base on that page. Added link to Type Set page on 1978 Base page.
   
Fri., May 19
Added images of 1961 (exp. 3-31-62) U.S. Government, undated (c.1948-52) D.C. Government, and two undated (2000 "Taxation") base D.C. Government Fleet plates to Government-Owned non-passenger plate page. Two 2000 plates courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.
   
Thurs., May 18
Added images of 1991 and 1999 personalized plates, provided by Charlie Gauthier, to Mayoral Inauguration special event plates page.
   
Tue., May 16
Added images of 2002 (exp. 3-31-03) and current (2006, exp. 3-31-07) reserved-number plates to Reserved Number page. Current plate also added to home page. Thanks to Charlie Gauthier for the images.
   
Sun., May 14
Launched redesigned home page with new "In The Headlights" section featuring images of interesting D.C. plates. First two images are of a 1946 ("3-31-47") restamped hire plate and a 1972 Ford Mustang convertible used in the National Cherry Blossom festival parade of that year.
   
Sat., May 13
Added Sightseeing Bus section, images of 1933 and 1934 examples of this type, and image of and text about school bus plates to the Public Service non-passenger plate page.
   
Wed., May 10
Added images of 1934, 1936, and 1958 ("3-31-59") Bus plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page.
   
Sun., May 7
Added images of 1939 ("2-29-40"), 1941 (3-31-42"), and 1946 ("3-31-47") Hire plates and 1964 ("3-31-65"), 1965 ("3-31-66" validated to 3-31-69), and 1969 ("3-31-70") Bus plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page.
   
Sat., May 6
Added images of 1951, 1952, 1953 ("3-31-54"), and 1962 ("3-31-63") Hire plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page.
   
Fri., May 5
Added images of 1967 (undated with "3-31-68" sticker), 1970 ("3-31-70"), and 1974 base Hire plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page; began modifications to Type Set page to include 1978 baseplate (revised page not posted yet).
   
Thurs., May 4
Added images of 1978 and 2000 base Hire plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page; also replaced existing image of 1984 Hire plate on Public Service and Type Set pages with an image of a different plate.
   
Wed., May 3
Added images of 1965 (undated) and 1969 ("3-31-70") base Livery plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page.
   
Tue., May 2
Added images of 1968 (undated) and 1978 base Rental plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page; modified text in "What's New" section of home page.
   
Mon., May 1, 2006
Added images of 1960 ("3-31-61"), 1963 ("3-31-64"), and 1966 (undated) base Rental plates to Public Service non-passenger plate page.
   
Sat., April 22

Reconfigured presentation of non-passenger plate information by segregating all types previously listed alphabetically on the Non-Passenger page into five categories (privately-owned, public service, government-owned, etc.). Left privately-owned types on Non-Passenger page, moved apportioned and trailer onto existing dedicated commercial page, and created new pages for government-owned, public service, and motor vehicle business types.

Images of D.C.'s newest non-passenger type, Manufacturer, have been added to the Non-Passenger section thanks to contributor Andrew Pang. Also added are images of 1974 and 2000 baseplate examples of the rare Disabled American Veteran type, courtesy of David Doernberg and Andew Pang, respectively.


Fri., April 21
Added images of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Masonic Family, and Firefighters Local 36 organizational plates to Optional Passenger page; Added image of BB-series passenger plate to 2000 Baseplate page. Today's new images courtesy of Andrew Pang. Added links at top of Optional Passenger page to three lower sections of that page.

Thurs., April 20
Added images to Non-Passenger page: undated U.S. Government, 1968 (undated, exp. 3-31-69) diplomatic staff, and undated historic motor vehicle. Added image of 1984 base commercial plate to Non-Passenger, Commercial, and Type Set pages. Removed poor quality image of unidentified historic motor vehicle baseplate.

Wed., April 19
Added images to Non-Passenger page: 1968 (undated, exp. 3-31-73) Diplomat, 1973 ("3-31-74") Transport, and three Special Use plates (two 1955 and one current style).

Mon., April 17
Added images to Non-Passenger page: 1968 (undated, exp. 3-31-69) Medical Doctor and 1971
("3-31-72") Trailer Dealer plates.

Sun., April 16
Added images to Non-Passenger page: 1981 Police Motorcycle, 1967 ("1968") Motorcycle Dealer, 1937 Commercial and Dealer, and 1965 ("3-31-66") Diplomatic Staff. Made slight changes to information on Commercial page about 1937 truck plate registration numbers based upon number on recently identified plate.

Sat., April 15
Added text about and images of mayoral inauguration plates to the Mayoral Inauguration special event plate page and the Special Event page. Added a sidebar in which the way the District of Columbia's name has been presented on license plates over the years near the bottom of the Pre-1966 Passenger page. Thanks to Charlie Gauthier for this information and these images.

Thurs., April 13
Added image of vintage Cherry Blossom Festival postcard to page upon which special event plates issued for that event are described; also added image of Shrine plate attachment to Shrine convention plate page. Today's modifications courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.

Tues., April 11
Created this page and recorded activity since April 1, 2006.

Mon., April 10
Rewrote first two sections ("1907-1934: Most Numbers Randomly Assigned" and " 1935-1956: Numbers As High As 9999 May Be Reserved" of Reserved Passenger page based upon information recently obtained from Charlie Gauthier about early two-digit auto plates and 1912 registration listing book; made corresponding adjustments to links and data on Pre-1966 Passenger page as deemed necessaary.

Sun., April 9
Added image and corresponding information about a 1972 Mustang convertible to Cherry Blossom Festival special event plate page; Added image of 2005 (expires 3-31-2006) reserved-number plate to Reserved Number page; added image of expires 2006 Motorcycle plate to Non-Passenger page. Cherry Blossom and Reserved Number page materials provided by Charlie Gauthier; motorcycle plate image contributed by Mike Hart.

Thurs., April 6
Added new image of 1935 Shrine convention badge and higher quality images of badges already on site to Shrine convention special event plate page courtesy of Charlie Gauthier; modified Shrine convention badge image layout and corresponding text.

Tue., April 4
Added image of three-digit 1938 plate to Pre-1966 Passenger page contributed by Charlie Gauthier.

Mon., April 3
Added images contributed by Charlie Gauthier of three-digit 1940, '43, and '44 plates to Pre-1966 Passenger page.

Sun., April 2, 2006
Added images of homemade leather 1906, porcelain 1907, and three-digit 1936, '41, '46, and '47 plates to Pre-1966 Passenger page; images of 2001 (expires 3-31-02), 2003 (3-31-04), and 2004 (3-31-05) reserved-number plates to Reserved Number page. Images contributed by Charlie Gauthier.



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