Bumper Bytes

With a beautiful morning sunrise as my guide, east-bound to Vero Beach was a pleasant journey, for sure…particularly as a complete collection of 150 Wisconsin license plates awaited my arrival at the home of Jack Lucas, former owner and barkeep of the Village Pump in Solon Springs, Wisconsin…while we can’t attest to the cuisine at […] read more
…we made it!!…what’s another 750 mile joy ride with the Plate Princess to wheel and deal more license plates?!…the annual ALPCA license plate collectors convention this year is in Hampton, VA…so we loaded up about 10,000 license plates in Lakeland Sunday morning and made it here in time for dinner last night!…I keep reminding her […] read more
…a few days ago we got an email from a gentleman who wanted to know if he could ‘stop by’ and pick up a few plates on the drive he and his wife were making from St. Augustine to St. Petersburg…apparently they were vacationing from Ireland (again!) and wanted to add to the collection of […] read more
In early April, as Spring was springing and we were shaking off some of the Covid-crazies, we received an email from Cynthia Kindgren in Rockford, Illinois…she asked if we’d be interested in her recently-deceased brother’s collection of taxi cab license plates…over the years we’ve had several folks describe their available collections to us, including military, […] read more
We recently provided Linda Speetzen with a 1940 California plate to complete her family’s game room decorations…she, her husband, and their two sons each have a license plate mounted from the state in which they were born and their year of birth…all celebrate California except the younger son, born in Schenectady, NY!…while the older son […] read more
…on our recent plate excursion to Italy and Malta, we not only enjoyed the beautiful Greek and Roman heritage sites, we saw LOTS of plates!…including the 111 and the 888 on May 18th…note the new plate size, the police plate, and even a taxi cab plate on a horse drawn carriage ( we only walked […] read more
Over the years we’ve been fortunate to ‘electronically’ meet some very nice plate collectors around the world…one such gentleman is Margus K., President of the Official Corvette Club of Estonia!…not only does Margus love Corvettes, he is an avid plate enthusiast as well…just witness his garage wall in Estonia!…in these troubling times Margus can still […] read more
Dolly Parton didn’t make it, but about 100 other serious plate collectors did…Ray Mauer from Kentucky and Cyndi McCabe (ALPCA President) had a chance to visit, while others simply wanted to troll the goods!…a well-run event on a beautiful weekend, with incredibly delicious homemade food provided by the local women’s auxiliary raised high school scholarship […] read more
Several years ago my wife and I attended an auction in Maine, at which a number of license plate collections were being offered…among other plates that caught our (my) eye was a DC porcelain #20047 alleged to have been solicited from and donated by President Woodrow Wilson to a high school class in the early […] read more
…one of our previous GAP BBs highlighted the Houghtlin Family license plate collection mounted on the porch rafter of their NC cabin…each member has a birth state and date plate of their own…and with the birth of Jack George Curtis, the family bumper now hosts 11 plates!…what a great tradition Mark and Chrisann have continued…we’re […] read more
Leaving on a balmy day in Florida, traveling to Leominster, MA for the Colonial Region’s ALPCA meet was a leap of faith, weather-wise…but we had three Cambridge-based stockholders who would not be denied!…even with a little bit of winter sleet to cool things down…the meet was a record-maker, complete with a museum collection sale, a […] read more
This past week the Plate Princess and I traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to stroll through some of the 5,500 acres of the Hershey Fairgrounds property to enjoy the Classic Car Show and the Giant Automobile Parts Flea Market…she lasted about four hours worth of license plate scrounging, which is about what it took for us […] read more