Tuesday 1st September 1903
Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to issue automobile license plates. The very first plate, featuring the number “1,” was issued to Frederick Tudor – one of his relatives still holds an active registration on the plate. Early Massachusetts license plates were made of iron and covered in a porcelain enamel. The background was colored a cobalt blue and the number was in white. Along the top of the plate, also in white, were the words: “MASS. The size of the plate was not constant; it grew wider as the plate number reached into the tens, hundreds, and thousands. As automobiles began to crowd the roads, it was necessary for all states to find ways to start regulating cars, drivers, and traffic.