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Modern Motoring in the District of Columbia

Photographs by J. Reid Williamson

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A Ford Crown Victoria registered with City Bicentennial plates stopped at a traffic light.

City Bicentrnnial optional plate no. 200-LHNSpecial plates issued beginning in 1991 to honor the 200th anniversary of Washington's founding were issued for about 10 years, and may still be seen in use. All include the number 200 followed by a three-letter combination, and based upon its lead letter, L, and visible month sticker, we believe this plate was issued in November1999.

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A Volkswagen camper parked on a residential D.C. street after a light snowfall.


Current style passenger plate no. CC-2557This bright green Volkswagen camper was built in the late 1970s. Very few examples of this rare model are probably still registered in Washington, D.C.

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A Ford Crown Victoria taxi in traffic, facing a colorful, double-decker sightseeing bus.


This taxi, a retired law enforcement vehicle, is stuck in traffic on 14th St., SW, approaching the National Mall. Most of the plate's graphic red features, including the flag divider, have faded from prolonged exposure to the sun, indicating that it was made on plain white sheeting with silk-screen printed red accents rather than with graphic sheeting.

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A Mercedes-Benz sedan traveling northbound on I-91 in southeastern Vermont.

Highway sign alongside I-91 in southeastern VermontThe DA-series auto plates fastened to this Mercedes-Benz were issued in June 2008, only about three months before the vehicle was photographed traveling north on Interstate 91 in southeastern Vermont, having just crossed into the state from Massachusetts.

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Traffic at a Connecticut Ave. NW intersection


A typical mid-winter D.C. traffic scene, although the presence of a vehicle registered with commercial plates is unusual.

 

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