ONTARIO PROTOTYPE / TEST PLATES

1939 reflective
1939 reflective

First reflective use ever on any licence plate!

1939 reflective
1939 reflective

Camera flash shows yellow reflective beading.

1940 prototype
1940 prototype

Quad-zero format differs from sample plates of the time.

1941 prototype
1941 prototype

Eventual 1942 colours used on this 1941 prototype.

1942 prototype
1942 prototype

Made of VERY thin metal... you'd have to hold it to believe it!

1943 prototype
1943 prototype

Powder blue on glossy beige.

1945 prototype
1945 prototype

Interesting green background.

1947 military prototype
1947 military prototype

Military plates went brown after this test, and had the year removed.

1948 prototype
1948 prototype

Navy blue on cream white... eventually used in '49, '51 and '54.

1948 prototype
1948 prototype

Same as previous... bare metal on rear. This one was sprayed, not dipped.

1958 prototype
1958 prototype

Beige background, and no dot divider.

1958 prototype
1958 prototype

Zero dies misaligned and re-punched. Numbers look strange up top.

1959 diplomat prototype
1959 diplomat prototype

First red diplomatic plates came out in 1959, using this same shade of red.

1961-63 prototype
1961-63 prototype

First multi-year experiment. Border debuted in '62.

1967 test plate
1967 test plate

Circular holes, unpainted rear. Probably a test by the die maker before dies were shipped to Ont.

1971 test plate
1971 test plate

Colours reversed. Likely an equipment test only.

1971 test plate
1971 test plate

Yellow quarterly fed through the press as a test. No paint on numbers.

1973 prototype
1973 prototype

Ontario played with the slogan and its placement before making changes.

1973 test plate
1973 test plate

Bare galvanized metal, no holes. Probably a die test.

1983 prototype
1983 prototype

Aluminum plates supplied by ALCAN, used later for vanity plates.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1994 test plate
1994 test plate

New dies and reflective bases-- all had to be tested first.

1990s test plate
1990s test plate

Another die test. Characters unpainted.

circa 2000 test plate
circa 2000 test plate

Nonsensical serial stamped on a trailer base plate as a test.

2000 prototype
2000 prototype

Azon-Utsch produced this flat plate as a demo for the MTO.