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Chicago automobile license

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Chicago automobile license
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19228

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This object appears in the following sections:


Other Topics
Words on Things — Some thoughts about words on things

Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Licensing Cars and Drivers

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Chicago Automobile License
Catalog #: 335,599, Accession #: 1977.0637
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Cities registered vehicles in Illinois until 1907. Illinois began to require statewide vehicle registration in 1907, but did not issue plates until 1911.
Physical Description
artifact. Round 1 3/8” diameter, 1/2” depth; brass pin; blue enameled center section lettered "Chicago automobile license," and in the center of that a brass sheild, stamped “873”
Details
Date Made:
about 1901
Locations:
Illinois
Credit:
Gift of Honor Youngs
History
As the number of motor vehicles reached tens of thousands, state and local governments assumed a new power: authorizing vehicles and drivers. In 1901, New York became the first state to register automobiles; by 1918 all states required license plates
Related People, Places, and Events
Donor
Honor Youngs
donor gave the artifact to the museum in 1976


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