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Old 03-28-16, 06:06 AM
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To my knowledge they were indeed cereal box premiums....2nd set

Originally Posted by vtchuck View Post
Last year I picked up this set off eBay. Not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I thought they were interesting.

Might have been a prize in a cereal box? I assume the hole in each one is because they were nailed to a wall or board for display.




And.....modern replica state plates w/ custom text are available for $10 on eBay

The first set was issued in the 1950's and was closer to being square. In addition to the states, set also included US territories such as Guam. That was the golden age of cereal premiums that included frogmen, submarines, cars, trucks, planes, and more. I don't think they are permitted any more, probably because someone accidentally ate one or because they were unsanitary. First edition show below.

As a kid growing up in the 50's, couldn't wait to open a new box and get my prize!

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Old 03-28-16, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by okane View Post
The first set was issued in the 1950's and was closer to being square. In addition to the states, set also included US territories such as Guam. That was the golden age of cereal premiums that included frogmen, submarines, cars, trucks, planes, and more. I don't think they are permitted any more, probably because someone accidentally ate one or because they were unsanitary. First edition show below.

As a kid growing up in the 50's, couldn't wait to open a new box and get my prize!
I remember the frogmen and submarines. I think you added baking soda and it caused them to rise and sink in the bath tub. Seems like Sea Hunt was a popular TV show about that time, so it made them extra cool.

Actually there are still prizes in cereal boxes. Last year I got Star Wars figurine ball point pens in some sugary cereal boxes.
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2 more plates

Originally Posted by vtchuck View Post
I remember the frogmen and submarines. I think you added baking soda and it caused them to rise and sink in the bath tub. Seems like Sea Hunt was a popular TV show about that time, so it made them extra cool.

Actually there are still prizes in cereal boxes. Last year I got Star Wars figurine ball point pens in some sugary cereal boxes.
Didn't know it was still being done. I've been looking for the frogmen and sub for sometime now and wanted to make a little display in my mancave but no luck finding them. Have a lot of the other types though.

World's Fair plate I got at flea market...pretty common

The Air Force one I got at antique mall. Never seen another...don't know if cereal premium or not. Pretty rare I think.

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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Prewar Italy and France had them.


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Hey Dave,

Yeah, this is a zombie thread, but over the last few years I've done some eBay France buys of bells, and sometimes they throw in an "amuse bouche" of these. Got me to wondering when they started and stopped. Of course the French and the Italian versions have the most flair. Any idea of the date range on these metal versions (vs decals)?
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Here are some local to the Boston area:

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when i was a kid my bike license plate was plastic and said DANNY on it. i got it off one of those spinny racks at the tchotchke store in the mall.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Hey Dave,

Yeah, this is a zombie thread, but over the last few years I've done some eBay France buys of bells, and sometimes they throw in an "amuse bouche" of these. Got me to wondering when they started and stopped. Of course the French and the Italian versions have the most flair. Any idea of the date range on these metal versions (vs decals)?
Gotta love French ebayers! I have gotten some throw-ins from them as well. Always fun, never a license plate though.

Personally I'm very happy we do not have them here. Somerville law enforcement is out to get me as it is (have been stopped 3 times on my bike in that town in the past 3 years, versus once ever in 15 years of operating motor vehicles in five different states and 4 trips across the country). Linking it to my identity would just allow them to further narrow it down to _only_ me.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Hey Dave,

Yeah, this is a zombie thread, but over the last few years I've done some eBay France buys of bells, and sometimes they throw in an "amuse bouche" of these. Got me to wondering when they started and stopped. Of course the French and the Italian versions have the most flair. Any idea of the date range on these metal versions (vs decals)?
As best as I can tell, they stopped using them during WW2. I know I have seen a 1941, but I don't recall anything later. As to the start, I have seen a 1905. Obviously could be plus or minus a few years, i haven't seen everything.
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Old 02-01-21, 09:14 PM
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Correction. 1901. This collection has been for sale for at least the last 6 months. Too spendy is probably why.

https://www.ebay.it/itm/Lotto-19-Bol...QAAOSwW8Vfy1H6

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