ONTARIO PROTOTYPE / TEST PLATES

1939 reflective
1939 reflective

First reflective use ever on any licence plate!

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1939 reflective
1939 reflective

Camera flash shows yellow reflective beading.

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1940 prototype
1940 prototype

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

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1941 prototype
1941 prototype

Eventual 1942 colours used on this 1941 prototype.

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1942 prototype
1942 prototype

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

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1943 prototype
1943 prototype

Powder blue on glossy beige.

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1945 prototype
1945 prototype

Interesting green background.

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1947 military prototype
1947 military prototype

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

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1948 prototype
1948 prototype

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

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1948 prototype
1948 prototype

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

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1958 prototype
1958 prototype

Beige background, and no dot divider.

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1958 prototype
1958 prototype

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

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1959 diplomat prototype
1959 diplomat prototype

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

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1961-63 prototype
1961-63 prototype

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

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1967 test plate
1967 test plate

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

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1971 test plate
1971 test plate

Colours reversed. Likely an equipment test only.

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1971 test plate
1971 test plate

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

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1973 prototype
1973 prototype

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

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1973 test plate
1973 test plate

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

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1983 prototype
1983 prototype

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1994 test plate
1994 test plate

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

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1990s test plate
1990s test plate

Another die test. Characters unpainted.

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circa 2000 test plate
circa 2000 test plate

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

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2000 prototype
2000 prototype

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

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