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Old 05-30-2020, 12:00 PM   #1
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I have a Quite collection of some very old NH boat license plates that were given to me by friend.

Does anyone know if there is any interest in these a such as a local boating museum or are they just junk...

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Old 05-30-2020, 12:10 PM   #2
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I have a Quite collection of some very old NH boat license plates that were given to me by friend.

Does anyone know if there is any interest in these a such as a local boating museum or are they just junk...

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Dan
There is interest in them, while poking around in one of the "antique" stores in Meredith they had a ton of them from various years in a box. Prices ranged based on condition but they were fetching between 10 and 20 bucks per plate sometimes more for one that was in perfect condition.

Throw them out on Craigslist and see what happens, or somebody on here may want them for decoration.
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Old 05-30-2020, 01:09 PM   #3
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The NH Boat Museum in Wolfeboro might want them.
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Default Winnipesaukee Museum

next to Funspot may be interested. I have an '88 boat sporting an '88 NH plate!
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MY friend would definitely want them
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... Prices ranged based on condition but they were fetching between 10 and 20 bucks per plate sometimes more for one that was in perfect condition.
There's also a market for them on ebay, selling for price range as noted above.
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For years and years until the state did away with them and moved exclusively to bow numbers that we all know of (now-a-days), my dad used to wallpaper the inside of the garage doors with them. I think the first year I registered my boat it had plates.

Didn't the plates disappear when reciprocity started? If I recall correctly you got new plates every year. So it was pretty hard to hold on to a number.

For the sentimental value to me, they are pricleess.

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I have an '88 boat sporting an '88 NH plate!
That sounds about right for one of the last years that they were used.
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I forgot about the years that you could save your plate number.

Some years they used stickers like they do on (auto plates) ....... so you, for a few years, could keep the same plate number as long as you renewed the sticker.

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Do You have a 1943 or a 1925 ? if so I am interested for my collection
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Do You have a 1943 or a 1925 ? if so I am interested for my collection
I definitely have some going back that far and will check...just not sure I want to piece meal them out one or two at a time. I either want to sell them all or donate to a local boat museum or other historical entity that's not going to sell them for profit...

Edited to add: Maybe I will auction them off and donate the proceeds to a local food bank or similar...not sure yet...

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Edited to add: Maybe I will auction them off and donate the proceeds to a local food bank or similar...not sure yet...
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2 thumbs up for that.
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I definitely have some going back that far and will check...just not sure I want to piece meal them out one or two at a time. I either want to sell them all or donate to a local boat museum or other historical entity that's not going to sell them for profit...

Edited to add: Maybe I will auction them off and donate the proceeds to a local food bank or similar...not sure yet...

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that would be a great idea !
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:06 AM   #13
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I guess I should give credit where it is due...These plates were given to me by an acquaintance / friend named Larry Wood. I only got to know Larry later in life through a close friend who was a very close friend of Larry for most of his life.

Larry was arguably the best motorcycle builder / restorer in the country. He worked with all of the greats of today and yesterday, or should I say they worked with him... If your into motorcycles, some of the stuff he has built and restored would blow your mind. He was a true old school artist and perfectionist! Here is just a couple samples of his work...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne0siBr7HUU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6D7cDq7MHY

https://www.news-journalonline.com/a...s/605061737/DN

At one time Larry lived on Winnipesaukee at the mouth of Smith Cove in Glendale. (Maybe some of you long timers in the area remember him?) He took me by his previous home near the cove when he came to visit a few summers ago. He described his many classic boats he had at one time and I'm sure these plates came from them. It was after this visit that Larry mailed me his old boat license plate collection.

Larry died on August 24th 2019 in Florida. I believe he was 90 years old.

Anyway...a little history to go with the plates.

RIP Larry Wood...

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Here’s a pic of the plates I have...

The oldest on is from 1925!!

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Thanks for letting us see these. A beautiful collection of boating history.
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WOW! Dan had a boat back in the 1920's. Who knew?

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Hey Up,

I look pretty good for my age too!!

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I noticed quite a gap in years between the late 30’s and ‘55
Missed my birth year...
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Here’s a pic of the plates I have...

The oldest on is from 1925!!

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We have a collection that goes back many years. Up until 1972 they alternated between green letters on white and white letters on green. The last year we have is 1983; i assume they went to bow numbers in 1984.
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We have a collection that goes back many years. Up until 1972 they alternated between green letters on white and white letters on green. The last year we have is 1983; i assume they went to bow numbers in 1984.
Not disagreeing with you but I think it might be 1986 (my guess ?). Anyone know when they went with bow numbers only. I seem to recall it being done when reciprocity was implemented and forced Alaska & New Hampshire to go along with it or risk losing federal funding.



Edit : I think the real answer is here in post 15 of this old thread.
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Not disagreeing with you but I think it might be 1986 (my guess ?). Anyone know when they went with bow nunbers only. I seem to recall it being done when reciprocity was implemented and forced Alaska & New Hampshire to go along with it or risk losing fedral funding.
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You're probably right - this will inspire me to rummage around the camp and see if there are a few more stashed away.
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