This Day in History: April 12, 1946 Permanent Auto Tags For Maryland

e0cbe-20140428seolicenseplatesPermanent Auto Tags For State Assured By O’Conor

Will Save $60,000 Annually, He Declares, To Use Two Plates

Democratic Advocate, April 12, 1946.

Governor Herbert R. O’Conor today announced his decision to provide permanent automobile registration tags for motor vehicles in the State.

Commenting on the new system, Governor O’Conor said; “This is the plan we intended to inaugurate a few years ago, but due to the war, and the shortage of metals, our plan had to be delayed. Now that aluminum for permanent plates is possible to obtain, I have decided to establish the new plan. It is generally agreed that the public will greatly benefit by the issuance of a permanent plate. The new plates will be in duplicate, as they were in pre-war years, and will of course be attached to the front and rear of the car.  The two plate system was always very much more valuable, especially in Police work, where it has been very difficult to identify stolen or abandoned cars, or hit and run drivers, because the officer always had to be in the rear of the car to make his identification. Under the two plate system cars may be identified when approaching the officer”.

“Under the new system, every motorist, will retain his regular number and will always be able to identify his own car when approaching either from the front or the rear. This has been and could be increasingly difficult to do, because in the standardized types and makes of automobiles the many cars of the same make look identical when parked on the streets or parking lots.

Democratic Advocate, April 12, 1946. Annapolis, April 8 19460412 Permanent Auto Tags For State

This Day in History: April 12, 1946 Permanent Auto Tags For Maryland

Vehicle license plates long a topic of interest [Column] Eagle Archives

By Kevin E. Dayhoff, April 15, 2014 Read more:,0,5578204.story

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On April 12, 1946, Maryland Gov. Herbert O’Conor “announced his decision to provide permanent automobile registration tags for motor vehicles in the State,” according to a local newspaper.

The Westminster newspaper, the Democratic Advocate, reported O’Conor to have “declared,” that using two license plates on each motor vehicle in the state will “save $60,000 annually.”

More research is needed to understand how two license plates would save the state money.

“This is the plan we intended to inaugurate a few years ago, but due to the war, and the shortage of metals, our plan had to be delayed,” O’Conor said.

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One thing is for sure. A quick search of the Maryland General Assembly website indicates that license plates are a perennial hot topic.

During the 2013 regular session, for example, there were 11 bills proposed, ranging from providing special tags for “United States Armed Forces,” to changing the law so that only one “registration plate” would be required per vehicle.

For a number of years, the single plate legislation has been introduced by Del. Donald Elliot, a Republican who represents District 4B that includes parts of Carroll and Frederick counties.

In the session that concluded last week, legislators submitted eight bills for consideration, including Elliott’s.

The 2014 legislative initiative failed, after receiving an unfavorable report from the Environmental Matters Committee.

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Oriole baseball history includes loss to Westminster in 1885 [Column] Eagle Archives

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By Kevin E. Dayhoff, April 8, 2014 Baltimore Sun Carroll Eagle:

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#Baseball, #Westminster, #Orioles, #History, #Carroll County, #Maryland,

Roses are red, violets are blue. I hate snow … and you should too.

For those with a bad case of chionophobia — a fear of snow — no worries, spring is near. We know this because last Monday was Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles.

After yet another unexpected Maryland snowstorm, the weather gave way to warmer temperatures and blue skies on March 31.

According to The Baltimore Sun, “a sellout crowd of 46,685 filled the ballpark” to see the Orioles defeat the defending world champion Boston Red Sox, 2-1.

Baseball has a long history in Baltimore. The current Baltimore Orioles franchise began playing baseball in 1954 in the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street, after it was announced on Sept. 28, 1953, that the St. Louis Browns were moving to Baltimore.

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Historian Jay Graybeal researched the event for the Historical Society of Carroll County several years ago and wrote, “One of the great stories from the County’s sports history is the June 1885 baseball game between the Westminster Base Ball Club and the Baltimore Orioles. …”

Graybeal quoted an old newspaper article which noted, “The Westminster Base Ball Club on Monday last, the 22d, won the most remarkable victory in their history, defeating (the) Baltimore team by a score of 9 to 7.”

On that same date in 1962, Boog Powell became the first player to hit a ball over the hedge in center field at Memorial Stadium, according to a book of Orioles history by Ted Patterson. Go Orioles.

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