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Old 02-10-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Default Some toppers and/or radiator tags

Here are some pictures of some license plate toppers and radiator tags that I've collected. Some are city license tax tags.

The Missouri plate has a St Louis city tax tag and a small tag with the number 1 on it. Any idea what the small tag was for?

I'm not sure what the Los Angeles T.N.T. service tag was for, but I'm glad it survived.

Do you guys have other toppers you can share?
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Some toppers and/or radiator tags

Other pictures.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:14 PM   #3
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I have two of the "Peach of a City" toppers and have never been able to figure out what it means in regards to Chicago. Probably have a dozen '29 Chicago Tax Tags.

Nice collection.
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Hi Tim,
You mentioned that you must have a dozen Chicago tax tags. The ones I have are for 35 HP or less. Have you ever seen one for above 35 HP?
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:48 PM   #5
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Hi Tim,
You mentioned that you must have a dozen Chicago tax tags. The ones I have are for 35 HP or less. Have you ever seen one for above 35 HP?
I have over 60 Chicago Tax Tags in my collection...here are some of them.

















Here are my "Peach of a City" toppers..





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Old 02-11-2014, 10:41 AM   #6
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Here's a license plate that was sold by local civic groups (Lions, Civitan, etc) as a fund raiser. It was produced in the WV State Prison on the same machine as the regular license tags.

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:19 AM   #7
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Glad to see that there are other tag topper collectors here! I've been hunting ones from Alabama and the surrounding states for several years now but they've proven to be pretty tough to find.







































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Old 02-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #9
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I'm a '32 guy, but couldn't pass this one up. As found, needs to be painted a medium blue with white characters for the World's Fair colors.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:01 PM   #10
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Here are a couple. The Telluride topper is a reproduction of one that was sold in the early fifties. The repros were a Rotary Club fundraiser. Google American Beach Florida and the results are fascinating.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:08 PM   #11
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Hi Tim,
You mentioned that you must have a dozen Chicago tax tags. The ones I have are for 35 HP or less. Have you ever seen one for above 35 HP?
The horsepower reference is to "taxable horsepower", not as rated by the manufacturer. Taxable HP values are based on bore and stroke, that was the reason for the engine architecture typically used in the UK,(small bore, long stroke) the fee charged was lower.
Years ago in Chicago (maybe into the '70's) one purchased a city sticker and typically a six cylinder was rated 31 taxable, while V-8's were 35 if I remember correctly. Haven't lived in the city in years, but I bet everybody pays way too much now.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:58 PM   #12
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I'm enjoying the pictures of the toppers and city tags. Thanks for sharing.

Questions for Tim and for Fordors:
Would the Model A had been given an 'under 35' tag?
Did all cities required a city tag?
Was the city tag required for all vehicles in a city or just for commercial vehicles or just for businesses?
Was the city tag required to be displayed on each rear license plate?
If every car was required to have one on their rear license plate, then why do they appear to be so rare?
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I am, presently, running these original toppers. The first one is not original, but a fantasy piece, hand painted by me.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:30 PM   #14
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These are the original dealer stickers on my 1934 and 1935 Fords.
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Wow, great stuff! Thanks for sharing these pictures.
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Real nice toppers nice looking at them on a cold winter day thank you for sharing photos.
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I've got a few toppers especially the 48 star flag one from the WWII era.
There is one on both "A's" and the '29 Chevy. Within the past year or so
people have really gotten greedy {eBay} on the value of toppers. I've seen some nice ones, but not at what they want for them.

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Enjoyed the ones from Alabama. We live in Huntsville area.
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