The Wall of License Plates

Anybody old enough to remember this? When every state made new license plates every year? When you kept the old ones, and Dad nailed them up to the wall in the garage? 

For months I’ve been looking at this, under the rightfield advertising in the new Yankee Stadium:
Finally over the weekend the imagery came to me. This commemoration of the Yanks’ 26 Championships looks like license plates nailed to the garage wall.
Now there was a problem evident from the beginning. What do the Yanks do if and when they win another championship? As shown above, the last six title years – from 1977 on – are already partially obscured when fans in the back row of the bleachers stand. There’s room for eight more “license plates” below what is now the lowest level, but obviously these will be completely obscured by fans, even while seated.
Kind of a bad omen, a poor sense of confidence that there will be more World Championships to nail to the wall.
But now there’s a new problem. Take a closer look…
1952 is missing!
From the detritus on the wall it surely doesn’t look like they were very well secured:
Glue, erratically applied? Double-sided tape? No screws? Not even nailed up like Dad did with the license plates?
So what happened to 1952? Obviously it just fell of its own accord, because nobody would, you know, steal it.


  1. jimmyjarhead

    Was at the DMV today and they have a US map made from license plates cut in the shape of each state… bet Dad never thought of that!

  2. stlouiscards

    More importantly, what are Johnny Damon and David Wells doing sitting in the bleachers in the second picture?


    @jimmyjarhead: That sounds cool! And I thought our small-town DMV was impressive, just by having one of each state’s plates displayed all along the wall, just below the ceiling!

    As for these pictures, the previous owner of my house should have put those tiles up. That crazy woman used glue, a truckload of double-backed tape, and big screws, just to attach a few pieces of lightweight corkboard to the walls, to make bulletin boards for her kids. It took us weeks to pry that mess off, and now we have to spackle and paint the walls. If she’d put those tiles up at Yankee Stadium, nothing short of a wrecking crew could have removed that 1952 one!


    I just wonder if KO is going to be able to concentrate on his show tonight, or if he’s going to be mentally working on his blog entry about Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game!

  5. ineberated

    I was at the first game of the series with the Orioles and my friend nudged me, pointed, and said, “Hey, where’s 1952!?”

    They need some Gorilla Glue up in there.


    I grew up in Virginia as a die hard Cubs fan. When I got a chance to get personalized plates for the first time I got:


    At the time I got them I was in the process of moving and I had given the DMV my new address but they hadn’t changed it yet (shouldn’t that be a priority for the DMV considering it’s like, you know, what they do?)…anyway, they wound up sending the plates to the wrong address, so they sent a second set to my correct address. But since I had a friend who lived at the old place, I basically got an extra set of RGLY FLD plates for free! One went on the car and the other on my wall.

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