To celebrate License Plates Date, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first License Plate Bobbles. Bobbles for all 50 states were released, and each bobble features the state’s current license plate design on a base with two large springs that provide maximum bobbling action for each license plate.
Did you know: License Plates Day is celebrated annually on April 25 to commemorate the first license plate in the U.S., which was issued in 1901.
The first license plate bobbles feature each state’s current design. The license plate, which is on a double spring for extra bobbing action, measures 3x6 inches, which is proportionate to actual license plates. Each bobble is individually numbered to each state’s year of statehood, and are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum's online store.
About License Plates Day
License Plates Day is celebrated annually on April 25th to recognize the first license plate issued in the U.S., which was in 1901. Prior to that, there was no official marking or designation on any vehicle.
In 1901, according to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, New York became the first state to issue a license plate on vehicles after Governor Benjamin Odell Jr. signed a new bill into law that required motor vehicle owners to be registered with the state. George F. Chamberlain is credited as the first person to receive a license plate for his vehicle. The trend was quickly picked up by West Coast states.
The U.S. took its lead from the Netherlands and France, which started a national database for license plates in the early-1890s. In 1903, Massachusetts was the first state to issue plates. In 1928, Idaho was the first state to put a logo on the plate (the “Idaho Potato”). Today, there are more than 250 million registered vehicles in the country, and each of them has a unique license number plate for a given state.
"We’re excited to be unveiling the License Plate Bobble Series License Plates Day,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said.