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Site Activity Log for 2010

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Fri., Dec. 31
Inventoried our 84 current pages and updated their copyright notices for the new year. One year ago DCplates.net was comprised of 78 pages.
   
Sun., Dec. 26
On our page about Personalized license plates: added near the top of the page a section about the creation of this type; added an image of a 1968 base with an amateur radio call sign as the registration number (and relocated our mention of D.C. not having special plates for amateur radio operators); modified our discussion about a small quantity of 1964 baseplates having been used with no indication of the jurisdiction of issuance based upon the discovery of a newspaper photograph of one of these plates in use.
   
Sat., Dec. 25
Added to our Year-By-Year Guide to D.C. Plates images of plates issued during 2007 and 2009; added to our page devoted to auto plates with two-letter prefixes issued since April 1997 images of plates that begin with AK, BD, BV, and 16 plates from the CF and more recent series; replaced the image of a BE-series plate on this page with an image of a plate in better condition.
   
Thurs., Dec. 23
Added to our page about Presidential Inaugural plates information about 1933, 1957, and 1965 plates, including the quantity of plates made for each year.
   
Mon., Dec. 20
Posted a new page upon which 1951-1967 motorist appeals for reserved and general-issue registration numbers are presented.
   
Sun., Dec. 19
Added to appropriate sections of our pages about 1950s and 1960s plates images of the 1953 and 1955 through 1962 Reserved-Number plates that were added to the site two days ago, as well as 1966 and 1967 plates that were added to the Reserved-Number plates page on June 12.
   
Fri., Dec. 17
Added to our Reserved-Number Plates page images of 1953 through 1962 plates, the 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, and 1962 plates having been provided by Charlie Gauthier.
   
Sun., Dec. 12
Added an image of a 1952 Livery plate to the 1952 section of our 1950s Plates page and to the appropriate section of our Public Service Plates page; added an image of a second 1952 Hire (Taxi) plate to the 1952 section of our 1950s Plates page and to the section of our page about taxi plates in which their numbering is discussed; added an image of a second 1952 low-number passenger car plate to the 1952 section of our 1950s Plates page and to our Reserved-Number Plates page; modified the introduction to our Reserved-Number Plates page, and changed substantially the section of this page in which we discuss registration number assignment since 1955, including the addition of an image of a relevant 1959 DMV memo and a substantially expanded discussion of the point in time at which the quantity of available reserved-number registrations was increased from 1,200 to 1,250; replaced the image of a low-number 1965 ("3-31-66") plate on our Reserved-Number Plates page and the 1965 section of our 1960s Plates page with an image of a plate in better condition than the previous one; added to our Reserved-Number Plates page and the 1963 section of our 1960s Plates page an image of a low-number plate of that year.
   
Sat., Dec. 11 Modified our page about special plates issued to City Officials to indicate that the 1968 base City Council plate has been found to have been the first plate of this type.
   
Mon., Dec. 6
Added to our page about Dealer plates images of the 2009-10 issue, courtesy of J. Reid Williamson.
   
Sun., Dec. 5
Added to our page about Motorcycle plates an image from the collection of J. Ray Frank of 1923 D.C. and Maryland motorycle plates in use; added to our 1930s Plates and Sample plates pages an image of a 1937 Sample plate provided by Charlie Gauthier.
   
Sat., Dec. 4
Substantially revised on our Public Service Types page, and removed from our 1950s Plates page, information about the numbering of Rental Car plates and in particular the uncertainty surrounding the existence of this type from 1955 through 1963; modified the introduction of our Non-Passenger Plates page to more clearly address site resources on the subject of non-passenger plate numbering; modified references to Rental Car plates on various pages in light of changes made to the pages referenced above.
   
Thurs., Dec. 2, 2010
Added to our page about Hire (Taxi) Plates information about the numbering of the 1965 (four-year) baseplate and a concurrent 1968 one-year base.
   
Tue., Nov. 30
Made corrections, modifications, and additions to the section of our page about Hire (Taxi) Plates in which the numbering of these plates is addressed.
   
Sun., Nov. 28
Added information about the current and previous Motorcycle baseplates to our page dedicated to that type; added to our page about Hire (Taxi) Plates information about the numbering of 1953 through 1964 plates, the structure of which also applies to certain other non-passenger types.
   
Fri., Nov. 26
Added information about the introduction of Personalized plates to our page dedicated to that plate type; added information to the 1931 section of our 1930s Plates page about the formation of the Dept. of Vehicles and Traffic in that year; on the subject of the assignment of reserved number plates, added information to and reorganized existing information within the 1934-1954 and subsequent sections of our page devoted to auto plates of that classification; added information to the 1949 section of our 1940s Plates page about the number of license plates issued during that year; added information about the origin of Special Use plates to the section of our Non-Passenger Plates page dedicated to that type; added to the section of our 1960s Plates page about the 1966 baseplate information about how a six-year "permanent" plate was originally planned for 1967; integrated into the 1907 and 1908 sections of our page upon which we present our estimates of registration numbers assigned annually from 1907 through 1917 two newspaper articles provided by Eric Tanner about the situation with motorcycle plate during those years; updated our table of registration numbers estimated to have been assigned annually from 1907 through 1917, and the corresponding text, to reflect the recent discovery of a full-size plate with a number that we had previously assumed was made on a motorcycle plate.
   
Thurs., Nov. 25
Added to our pages about Diplomatic and 1930s plates an image of a 1935 Diplomatic plate.
   
Sat., Nov. 20
Added to our Taxi Plates page images of 1942 and 1948 plates in use, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Thurs., Nov. 18
Added to our 1940s Plates page images of 1941 and 1948 plates in use, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Tue., Nov. 16
Added at the bottom of our page dedicated to 1920s Plates an image of a typical December 1929 Washington residential street scene, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Sun., Nov. 14
Added to our pages dedicated to the 1974 Base and Personalized plates images of plates in use, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Sat., Nov. 13
Replaced images of 1933, 1934, and both 1936 plates on our Year-By-Year Guide to D.C. Plates page with images of plates in better condition, and also integrated these images into appropriate sections of our 1930s Plates page; modified text on our 1920s Plates page to reflect the discovery of a Q-prefix 1927 passenger car plate brought to our attention by Eric Tanner; added an AH-series plate to our page dedicated to images of general-issue passenger car plates issued since April 1997.
   
Thur., Nov. 11, 2010
Added to our page about Reserved-Number plates information about the correlation between plate and sticker serial numbers.
   
Tue., Oct. 12
Launched a reformatted version of our page about Motorcycle plates that includes information not provided on the previous version.
   
Mon., Oct. 11
Added an image of an Anacostia River Commemorative plate provided by Charlie Gauthier to our home page; added numbering and issuance information about the Anacostia River plate, as well as a photo of another example, provided by Bradley Gallagher to the section of our Optional Plates page dedicated to this relatively new, obscure issue; added information about the EA series having recently been introduced as the third optional passenger plate series that includes the url for the city Web site to our 2000 Baseplate page, courtesy of Bradley; updated letter series issuance timing data at the bottom of our page dedicated to images of two-letter prefix auto plates issued since April 1997.
   
Sun., Oct. 10
Moved our existing content about Motorcycle plates to a new dedicated page, and added to it images of nine plates, those of 1964 (marked "1965" to expire 3-31-65), 1970, 1972, 1976, 1980 (exp. 1981), 1981, 1984, 1985, and 1986; added the image of the 1964 plate to the section of our page about 1960s plates dedicated to that year.
   
Sat., Oct. 2, 2010
Added to our pages dedicated to Diplomatic plates and plates of the 1940s an image of a 1949 Diplomatic plate from the collection of Kevin Gauthier and provided by Charlie Gauthier; added to our page about 1950s plates images of 1950 and 1951 general-issue auto plates with the same registation number; added an image of a porcelain auto plate thought to have been issued in 1913 to our page dedicated to the pre-1918 era.
   
Wed., Sept. 29
Added images of design details of two distinctly different Anacostia River Commemorative plates observed by Bradley Gallagher last month to the section of our Optional Plates page dedicated to this new issue.
   
Sun., Sept. 26
Added images of three Personalized plates (numbers CVM, ILOVME, and ABB) to our page devoted to plates of this type; added an image of the scarce 1968 ("69") validation sticker to the photo gallery at the bottom of the page devoted to that subject.
   
Sun., Sept. 19
Added images of 1974 Base Rental and 1978 Base Livery plates to our Public Service Types page as well as pages devoted to those two baseplates; on our 1974 Baseplate and Non-Passenger Plates pages, replaced our exisitng image of a 1974 base DAV plate with an image of a different plate in better condition.
   
Sat., Sept. 11
Added images of 1960 (exp. 3-31-61), 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, and 1994 Hire (Taxi) plates to our page dedicated to that type as well as our page upon which plates of the 1960s are presented.
   
Fri., Sept. 10
Added images of 1949, 1957 (exp. 3-31-58), 1958, and 1959 Hire (Taxi) plates to our page dedicated to that type as well as our pages upon which plates of the 1940s and 1950s are presented.
   
Mon., Sept. 6
Added images of 1964 (exp. 3-31-65) and 2009 Trailer plates to the secton of our Truck and Trailer Types page dedicated to that type; added an image of a 1956 (exp. 3-31-66) Medical Doctor plate to the section of our Non-Passenger Plates page dedicated to that type; added images of the two aforementioned 1960s plates to the appropriate section of our page dedicated to plates of that decade.
   
Sun., Sept. 5, 2010
Added images of 1962 (exp. 3-31-63), 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966 Transport plates to the section of our Motor Vehicle Business Types page dedicated to that type as well as our page upon which plates of the 1960s are presented; added images of 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1958, and 1959 Commercial (Truck) plates to our pages dedicated to plates of the 1940s and 1950s.
   
Sun., Aug. 22
Modified information presented in the 1927-34 and 1948-52 sections of our Commercial (Truck) plates page.
   
Sat., Aug. 21
Rewrote, reconfigured, and added numerous images to our page dedicated to the history of D.C. Commercial (Truck) plates.
   
Sun., Aug. 8
Added images of 1961 (exp. 3-31-62), 1962, 1963, and 1964 Sightseeing Bus plates to the section of our Public Service Types page dedicated to that type as well as our page upon which plates of the 1960s are presented; posted an image of a 1964 Commercial (Truck) plate to the 1964 section of our 1960s plates page.
   
Sun., Aug. 1, 2010
Separated content about Bus and Hire (Taxi) plates from our Public Service Types page to dedicated pages and modified links on various pages accordingly; added images of 1953 (exp. 3-31-54), 1956, 1957, 1962, 1965, and 1969 Bus plates to our page dedicated to that type as well as pages upon which plates of the 1950s and 1960s are presented; separated our previous Sightseeing Bus type section on the Public Service Types page into two separate sections based upon information found to the effect that known mid-1960s plates with a BS prefix are representative of a new type created in 1957; made various edits to text and photo content about Bus plates.
   
Sat., July 24
Added images of 1954 (exp. 3-31-55), 1958, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967 Dealer plates to our page dedicated to that type as well as pages upon which plates of the 1950s and 1960s are presented; replaced images of a 1974 base Dealer plate on two pages with an image of a plate in better condition; added images of 1965 and 1974 Dealer registration certificates to our Dealer Plates page.
   
Sat., July 3, 2010
Added image of a 1918 motorcycle plate to the section of our 1918-1929 Plates page dedicated to that year and the Non-Passenger Plates page dedicated to that type, courtesy of Dave Lincoln; added image of a 1922 Hire (Taxi) plate to the section of our 1918-1929 Plates page dedicated to that year and the Public Service Types page dedicated to that type; added image in our DCscenes series taken by Johnny Miles of a MetroAccess van registered with Bus plates near the top of our Public Service Types page; added another image by Johnny, this one of a personalized motorcycle plate of the current base, to the appropriate section of our Non-Passenger Plates page.
   
Sun., June 27
Reorganized our Optional Plates page to provide for the addition of sections about new (Anacostia River) and forthcoming (War of 1812) unrestricted optional plates, valuable information about which has been provided by Bradley Gallagher.
   
Sat., June 12
Added images of 1966 (exp. 3-31-1967), 1967, and 1968 (undated) Reserved-Number auto plates to our page dedicated to that subject, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier; added to our 1968 Baseplate page an image showing a 1968 base in use, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Sun., June 6, 2010
Changed and added images to the Organizational Plate Program section of our Optional Plates page, courtesy of J. Reid Williamson: Added image of a Spirit of Faith Christian Center plate and a close-up image of the logo on a Morehouse College Alumni Assn. plate; replaced existing images of D.C. Firefighters Local 36 (new style) and Fraternal Order of Police plates with better quality images.
   
Mon., May 31
Added images of 1952, 1953, and 1955 (marked "1956") motorcycle plates to the section of our Non-Passenger Plates page dedicated to that type, the 1952 and 1955 plates being courtesy of Dave Lincoln and the 1953 from Joe Sallmen; added image of a 1958 (3-31-59) Diplomatic plate provided by Charlie Gauthier to the page dedicated to that type and the 1958 section of our 1950s Plates page.
   
Mon., May 24
Modified text in the Motorcycle plate section of our Non-Passenger Plates page to reflect the April 1908 introduction of this type.
   
Wed., May 12
Made changes to the 1952 and 1953 sections of our page devoted to plates of the 1950s, including corrections and enhancements to the text and the addition of images of several plates, among them motorcycle plates of each year provided by Dave Lincoln and Joe Sallmen, respectively; posted a new page upon which is described the development of plates and tabs issued for the 1952, 1953, and 1954 registration years.
   
Sun., May 2, 2010
Added to our page devoted to Reserved-Number plates images of the 2009 and 2010 plates, the latter provided by J. Reid Williamson.
   
Fri., April 16
Added to our page dedicated to National Cherry Blossom Festival special-event plates an image of the 1972 Cherry Blossom Queen during the Pararde of Princesses, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Wed., April 14
Added to the 1939 section of our page about 1930s plates an image of a D.C. Government-owned vehicle undergoing an inspection, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Mon., April 12
Added to our section about 1920 plates an image of a passenger car plate that shares characteristics of 1921 plates. Photo of a plate from the collection of J. Ray Frank provided by Charlie Gauthier.
   
Sun. April 11
Added to our pages about 1950s and 1960s plates images used to introduce newspaper readers to 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1965 D.C. license plates, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Sun., April 4
Added image of a 1932 Trailer plate to our pages devoted to that type and year, courtesy of Pete Madsen; added image of a 1958 (exp. 3-31-59) Trailer plate to our pages devoted to that type and year.
   
Fri., April 2, 2010
Added to our page about 1960s plates two images, showing 1962 (3-31-63) and 1963 plates in use, courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.
   
Fri., March 19, 2010
Added to our page about Public Service Vehicle plates images of 1959 ("3-31-60") and 1963 Livery plates; also replaced the image of a 1964 Livery plate with one of a plate in better condition; added text about the scarcity of plates of this type as well as an image of a 1964 Livery registration certificate; included aforementioned plate images on pages devoted to plates of the 1950s and 1960s.
   
Sun., Feb. 28
Added images of 1975 (exp. 3-31-1976), 1976, and 1980 Reserved-Number auto plates to our page dedicated to that subject, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.
   
Sun., Feb. 21
Added images of 1982 (exp. 3-31-1983), 1983, and 1984 Reserved-Number auto plates to our page dedicated to that subject, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.
   
Sun., Feb. 14
Added images of 1986 (exp. 3-31-1987), 1989, and 1990 Reserved-Number auto plates to our page dedicated to that subject, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.
   
Wed., Feb. 10, 2009
Added images of 1992 (exp. 3-31-1993), 1995, and 1996 Reserved-Number auto plates to our page dedicated to that subject, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.
   
Fri., Jan. 29
Added images of 1997 (exp. 3-31-1998), 1998, 1999, and 2000 Reserved-Number auto plates to our page dedicated to that subject, courtesy of Charlie Gauthier.
   
Sun., Jan. 24
Added to our page about Reserved-Number plates images of 1925, 1927, and 1933 two-digit auto plates provided by Charlie Gauthier; added these images to pages devoted to plates of the 1920s and 1930s. NOTE: During the last ten days additions to the site have been less frequent than in the recent past, and this will continue to be the case for an additional week or two while we prepare a printed version of DCplates.net. Printing of the 444 pages that comprise 71 of the site's 78 currently active pages has recently been completed, but formatting and other time-consuming tasks remain.
   
Sat., Jan. 16
Added to our page about 1991 baseplates an image taken by J. Reid Williamson of an auto plate with faded graphics; removed our separate Type Sets page by copying the images presented thereon to separate pages upon which are described 1974, 1978, and 1984 baseplates.
   
Thur., Jan. 14
Updated for the current DK series the list of two-letter prefixes, and months they were issued, at the bottom of our page devoted to the two-letter-prefix auto plates issued since April 1997; updated the table in which approximate registration number annual cutoff points are indicated on our page devoted to the current general-issue auto baseplate; added to our 2000 Baseplate page an image in our DCscenes series taken by J. Reid Williamson.
   
Wed., Jan. 13
Added to our page about D.C. plates of the 1960s images of sample plates added to a dedicated page on January 1 and 2.
   
Sun., Jan. 10
Added to our pages about D.C. plates of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s images of sample plates added to a dedicated page last week.
   
Sat., Jan. 9
Completed the present work on our Sample Plates page by adding images of 1930, 1936, 1938, 1940 (exp. 3-31-41) and 1941 plates; additional images will be added to this page as they become available.
   
Thur., Jan. 7
Added images of 1942 (exp. 3-31-43), 1949, and 1950 Sample plates to our page dedicated to that subject.
   
Wed., Jan. 6
Added images of 1951, 1952, and 1953 (exp. 3-31-54) Sample plates to our page dedicated to that subject.
   
Sun., Jan. 3
Added images of Antique Car plates with 1958 (marked "59") and 1963 tabs to our page dedicated to that type; added a table of Antique Car plate tab characterstics to the same page and made other minor edits to text describing this type; added image of 1958 Antique Car plate to our page about D.C. plates of the 1950s; added images of 1955 (exp. 3-31-56), 1958, and 1959 Sample plates to our page dedicated to that subject.
   
Sat., Jan. 2
Added to our page about the 1968 Baseplate information about the proper location for validation stickers, especially those for 1970 and 1971; added images of 1960 (exp. 3-31-61), 1961, and 1962 Sample plates to our page dedicated to that subject.
   
Fri., Jan. 1, 2010
Added images of 1963 (exp. 3-31-64), 1965, and 1966 Sample plates to our page dedicated to that subject.



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