Monday, July 28, 2003

Jamaica Plain 1928 License Plate T-Shirt Store.
Mr. George A. Parker was appointed Registrar in 1928 and was quickly embroiled in a conflict with Massachusetts fishermen. It was in 1928 that a depiction of a codfish, symbol of the Massachusetts fishing industry, was the first picture to appear on a plate. The image, which resembled an oversized guppy more than a codfish, sparked controversy among local fishermen. After suffering one of the worst years in fishing history, the fishermen blamed the RMV for representing the cod swimming away from the word "Massachusetts" which was printed on the plates. The controversial image was removed from passenger plates in 1929 and a more realistic and detailed codfish shown swimming toward Massachusetts appeared on truck plates in that same year.
via [ RMV History ]

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