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Kansas License Plate
Catalog #: 1985.3084.01, Accession #: non-accession 1985.3084
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The state of Kansas first issued license plates in 1913, but didn't put the year on them until 1921. Before then, the state changed the shape and location of the "KAN" abbreviation or changed the color to differentiate between years.
Physical Description
artifact. 14 3/4" W x 5 3/4" H x 1/4" , Metal, green background with white letters #292-724
Date Made:
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.

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