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Old 07-03-2003, 12:58 PM
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Exclamation Vintage Tag Toppers, can you help???

Hi folks, its a long shot, but would appreciate you taking a look at my Tag Topper Ad and see if you can help me out.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-04-2003, 01:38 AM
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32, what is this tag topper? I've got a few buds with older junk, let me know. Dan
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Its the small plate thing that dealers used to mount over the licence plates in the 40's & 50's.

Theres one on eBay

HERE if you want to take a look at the sort of thing he is after.

As I said earlier, condition not vital, as its only for dimensions etc.

Thanks for the assistance.

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Looks to me like they are all different size and shapes. I did find this in a search but nothing about sizes. http://www.centralcastings.com/generic.html;$sessionid$FXV43FQAAAVYXTZENUFJPQWPERWRJPX0?pid=1
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My 40 Ford proudly wears this one. The old coupe was a "Moonshine Tanker" in the 50's and early 60's.

The license tag is the standard 6" high and 12" wide size. Where the bolts go thru are slotted.............that is because tags were NOT a standard size back in the old days.




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Tag Toppers/Piggybacks

Tag Toppers were used as advertising for many years. The cast aluminum ones seem to have been more common from just after WWII through the early 60s. These were used to advertise vacation cities, beaches, county/state fairs, and virtually any on going festival etc.
I have one with "HOUSTON" in freestanding letters at the top and just under in a box "Bright Spot of the Nation". This was taken from a 42 Ford Coupe in the East Texas woods on a 1952 plate. At the latest Petit Jean Swap Meet in Arkansas I saw new castings from an old original advertising a "Negro Beach" on the Florida Atlantic coast.
Some of these castings were quite elaborate and actually surrounded the plate on top and both short sides with decoration or slogan. Most were painted with the raised portions "sanded off smooth" or polished.
Most of the car dealer toppers are screen-printed on a die-cut flat aluminum sheet which may be shaped like the car make emblem or symbol and are usually black or red background with letters showing through in aluminum or black or red lettering and emblem screened on to the natural finish aluminum. Most of these were made to fit around the license light housing against the deck lid above the plate or as a tooper to the plate itself.
These are a very interesting and varied item which has become quite collectable. It's a shame so many went away in the "cleansing" of the scrap and junkyards before they became a collectable. Keep your eyes open, though. I've seen some hanging on nails in garages and service shops.
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Thanks to everyone for the info you have supplied on this subject.



We have a few leads to pursue now.

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Old 07-08-2003, 01:42 PM
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I see them on e-bay and swap meets. Don't know of anyone who repops them. They are around. I have an old AAA from Boston on mine.
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