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Catalog Number X1946.03.07
Object Name Plate, License
Dimensions H-5.25 W-11.5 inches
Date 1944
Notes This Fergus Co. (Lewistown) pressed soybean fiber license plate were used in place of metal in 1944 after legislative action to help the war effort. There was sufficient metal for trucks and state vehicles, but not enough for ordinary private cars, so the registrar of motor vehicles used the next available thing – soybean fiber. There was also apparently a shortage of soybean fiber as this particular example was originally used in Illinois and repainted in Montana. Many rural car owners also discovered that livestock liked the taste of the soybean plates.
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World War II