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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
Ambulance
Amateur Radio
Apportioned
Boat Ramp
Bus
Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
Classic Vehicle
Combination 1
Combination 2
Commercial to 1957
Commercial 1958-
Common
Construction
Dealer Motorcycle
Dealer New to 1969
Dealer New 1970-1989
Dealer New 1990-
Dealer Spec. Equip.
Dealer Used to 1969
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Dealer Used 1990-
Dismantler
Early American
Error Plates
Exp. Test
Factory
Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
Hearse
High Mileage Veh.
Interstate
Junk
Livery
Marine Trailer
M.F.G.
Military
Miscellaneous/Local
Motorcycle
Municipal
M.V. Dept
Official
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
Postmaster
POW
Prototype
PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
Service Bus
Snowmobile
Special Equipment
Sphinx
State
Student Transport
Taxi
Temp. Metal Plates
Temp. Non-Passenger
Temp. Pass.
Temp. Reg. Certificate
Toll
Trailer
Trans.
Vanpool
Veteran
Volunteer Firefighter
Wrecker
Repair to 1969
Click to see this type in useRepair plates were first issued in sometime in the early 1920s. These plates began with an 'R' prefix. At this time, plates with a "Repairer's License" legend were also issued. These plates were the business license, hung up in the shop.

Once the 'R' series was used up, an 'O' prefix was used.

Plates are issued to a garage as a set with the same number. The letter following the 'R' changes for each plate issued to the shop. I.e., RA 12, RB 12, RC 12, and so on will go to the same shop.

In 1932, "Repairer" was spelled out on the plates, and a stacked two-letter prefix was used. For the 1949 plates, the legend was shortened to "REP", stacked vertically. The design of these plates essentially followed that of dealer plates from here on.

With the larger plates introduced in 1954, the 'O' series was discontinued. The old 'O' numbers were transformed to 'R' series numbers by adding 1000. Thus, O/A 136 became R/A 1136.

Starting in 1961, the plates were changed every year. Even numbered years were white letters/numbers on a blue background, and the color scheme was reversed for odd numbered years. This practice continued until 1980.

See Repair page 2 for details from 1971 onwards.


Click the photo above to see this type in use.

1933 Repairer's License Repairer's License
1933 "Repairer's License" Plate
 
These were hung in the shop, showing the license number of the facility.
~1935/Exp. 1936(?) The license number is again the license number of the facility (O 96 in this case). The actual plates used on the vehicles would be O/A 96, O/B 96, etc.
   
1937 Repairer's License  Repairer's License
Expiring 1937 Repairer's License
Colors same as 1936 plates.
Not sure of the date of this plate. This one is in the same colors used for 1937. Please advise if you can narrow down the dates of these plates.
   
1935 1939
1935
 This is the actual license plate used on the vehicles. There was an 'R' series and an 'O' series used.
1939
   
 1941  1942
1941 1942
   
 1952  1952
1952
This plate is aluminum and has white reflective scotchlite, ca. ~1951.
1952
From same garage as O/A 609, but with yellow scotchlite (ca. ~1948). Perhaps the white one is a later remake, considering how poorly these plates held up.
   
1953  1954
1953
The reflectorized plates got so beat up so quickly that for 1953 plain painted steel plates were issued.
Larger steel plates were used for 1954 - 1956 (possibly '57 too)
When these larger plates came out, the 'O' series plates were made into 'R' series plates with 1000 added to the number. Thus, this plate number would have been  'O/A 136' up until 1954.
   
1955 1956
1955 1956
   
1958  1959 
1958
Now with standard-sized 6x12 plates.
"Repairer" was shortened to "Repair" for some reason. That would seem odd, as I'm sure they didn't consider shortening "Dealer" to "Deal" at the same time.

1959
   
1960 1961
1960
Tab on a stamped '59 base.
1961
As with Dealer plates, the annually-reversing color scheme was used.

   
 1962
 
1962  
   
 1963 1963
1963 Another low-number 1963
   
1964 1965
1964 1965
   
1966 1967
1966 1967
All of these '698'
plates are from the same garage.
   
1968 1969
1968
'68 seems to have
been a bad year for dealer and repair plates. Many today are pretty rusty with corrosion under the paint- this one isn't so bad.
1969
   
   
   
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