ShopLicensePlates Teams With RIP Medical Debt

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed with the non-profit RIP Medical Debt.  We are donating 15 percent of our total sales  - so all license plates sold from now through Midnight on April 15, 2020 - to RIP Medical Debt.  They will use this donation to purchase past due medical debts from across America.  Let me describe it a bit more.

Like most, I have felt overwhelmed by the situation the coronavirus has created.  It shows us how totally broken our healthcare "system" is here in the U.S.  I have been asking myself  "what can we do to help"?

We are switching gears.  Now it is time to be proactive. The virus reminded me of the overwhelming medical debt that folks end up getting stuck with nowadays.  Even if you think you have healthcare coverage, sometimes you don't!

Many of you will recognize RIP Medical Debt from numerous news stories, like:

PBS NewsHour 12/12/19  Americans Drowning in Medical Debt

RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014.  Since then, over $1 BILLION in medical debt has been eliminated for the most impoverished;  and over 1 million families have been helped.

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Where Can I Buy The Best Used License Plates?

Where Can I Buy The Best Used License Plates?

“Where can I buy the best used license plates?” If you are a collector of antique license plates, this is a question you may have heard, or perhaps even asked of others.  After all, you are likely always looking for something special to add to your collection.

This question is important. True collectors want to work with reputable suppliers. There are a number of things that are critical when looking for collectible plates.

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Anheuser Busch InBev “taps” to supply real, old and collectible license plates for use in its annual SAMCOM 2019 Conference in Dallas.

Anheuser Busch InBev “taps” for SAMCOM 2019 Conference

Anheuser Busch InBev “taps” to supply real license plates. Providing old license plates and collectible license plates for use in its annual SAMCOM 2019 Conference in Dallas. is pleased to have been tapped to supply real, old and collectible license plates to Anheuser Busch InBev for use its annual SAMCOM 2019 Conference in Dallas.  This year, the SAMCOM Conference was held from January 28th through January 31st at the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Conference Center in Dallas.  With over 1 million visitors each year, the KBH Center is one of the largest in the Country.  It sports 1 million square feet, with 3 ballrooms, 88 meeting rooms, a theater that seats 1750 people and an arena that holds 9816 people. 

With the goal of energizing its partners and stakeholders at its annual SAMCOM 2019 Conference, Anheuser Busch InBev hosted its wholesalers, marketing, communication and sales team.  There, they produce, test and present their potential future products and new offerings.  Here, you can see pictures and details about the 2018 SAMCOM Conference in Dallas and the 2016 SAMCOM conference in New Orleans.  It is also an opportunity to interactively present its business strategy for the upcoming year.

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Auto Enthusiast "Doc" In Florida's Passion For One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Automobiles Spans A Lifetime

For Doc, mechanical design and engineering are fascinating, and the great names and objects of bygone eras captivate his mind. Impressive individuals such as Frederic Moskviocs, engineer for the Stutz Motor Company; General John T. Thompson, originator of the prohibition period submachine gun; and Pratt & Whitney with their radial aircraft engine design…  these are the people who he believes deserve recognition. He does not concern himself with the functions or consequences of these products but he reflects only upon each person for their capabilities. Items in Doc's collection have included; a P-51 fighter aircraft engine, machine guns of various designs and most importantly unique automobiles.

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Real Collectible Old License Plates. Animal Rescue. Birdhouses. A Natural Combination

Real Collectible Old License Plates, Animal Rescue, Birdhouses.  A Natural Combination!

Jolinda Lampo's story about her journey in life that brought her to having a need for used license plates from ShopLicensePlates is driven primarily by her love of animals.  How does the love of animals lead to or relate to old expired license plates, you might ask?  At first, it may seem strange jump.  But here is how it started...
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Old License Plates Make Chicago Artist's Craft Come Alive

Participating in art fairs in the summertime, and armed with just a Facebook page and no website, Derek Christensen’s Reclaimed Creations has made a splash in the arts & crafts community. Derek creates one of a kind artwork using reclaimed materials and real vintage license plates from ShopLicensePlates. Last year, he took first place in the category of 2D mixed-media at the Fountain Square Artisan Summerfest in Evanston, Illinois. His full-time job is teaching high school geography at Plainfield South High School in Chicago.

Derek’s journey as an artist has been a crazy one, at least to him anyway. In fact, this is a part-time gig for him. One of his friends, a fellow teacher, invited him to hang out one day. He was admiring a US flag piece that his friend had hanging in his garage. It was made from real old Illinois license plates. Derek remembered thinking that it was really cool, but also he was thinking, hey, I can do something like that!

Having just moved into a new place, Derek wanted something unique to hang on his wall. So he set out to make a Chicago Blackhawks logo out of antique license plates. He had never envisioned making anything else. But then a friend of his from Detroit asked if he could make him a Red Wings piece using authentic old license plates. He thought, sure, why not? Before Derek knew it, he had more friends asking him to make pieces for them too. Then they told two friends. And so on and so on.

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Ralph Lauren selects ShopLicensePlates for Photo Shoots

With tight deadlines coming up for an advertising campaign and photo shoot that includes automobiles, Ralph Lauren needed authentic vintage license plates for their project.  And they needed these old license plates pronto.

Ralph Lauren turned to ShopLicensePlates to fulfill their needs.  Because of our great low prices, they were able to make a large and diverse selection that was cost effective.  And, because time was so short, and to facilitate speedy delivery, we shipped these to their Headquarters using USPS overnight express mail delivery.  This ensured that their deadlines and their budget requirements were met without any delays.

Real license plates are often the preferred choice for advertising and for photo shoots.  Because of the large quantity and variety of genuine license plates offered by ShopLicensePlates from the U.S., Canada and the World, we were able to be the one-stop-shop that was needed for the campaign.  

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ShopLicensePlates now accepts Amazon Pay is pleased to offer Amazon Pay as a payment method for our customers.  As payment methods and technology evolves, we'll continue to update our systems so that making a purchase on our website is as easy as possible.  
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CocoVail Beer Hall, Barcelona, Spain. A Must Stop And See.

Picture this:  two friends who lived for 8 years in the United States had a vision.  Creating a Beer Hall in their native Barcelona, Spain that would be a must see destination for residents and travelers alike.  In August 2016, Creators Andres and Toni transformed an 18th Century textile factory into Barcelona's first Beer Hall.  CocoVail Beer Hall was born.

Andres and Toni have been steadily filling their historic old, red-brick building with collectible license plates, college pennants and other interesting memorabilia which add a touch of flair and ambiance.  Because they wanted to have real, authentic vintage and old license plates from the United States and the World, CocoVail founders Andres and Toni selected ShopLicensePlates as their supplier of choice.

CocoVail Beer Hall is a must stop, must see destination for both residents and travelers.
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Historic Missouri City License Plates

In depth details and information about Historic Missouri City license plates from the turn of the 20th Century can be found on our non-profit website MOCITYPLATES.ORG
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KSDK Channel 5 St. Louis News Anchors Like ShopLicensePlates

KSDK Channel 5 St. Louis News Anchors Christina Coleman, Ryan Dean, and PJ Randhawa like ShopLicensePlates.  They are pictured here signing the "mascot" license plate.  Hats off to the professional and dedicated news crew at KSDK Channel 5 in St. Louis.

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Earth Day 2018 - Confluence Academy Campus Renewal

Confluence Academy’s South City location serves students from grades 3 through 8.  Directly behind the Academy is Providence Place, a street with 7 homes that adjoins the back side of the entire length of the building.  The entire block along Providence Place had a "double row" of sidewalks that were old and cracked.  


There was also an original old 35 foot long driveway that had settled over the years.  Patches from years ago had worn and also needed repair or replacement.  In the “old days”, the drive was used to access a grease dumpster which was located there.  Pumps in the kitchen of the School would send the old grease through a series of pipes which dumped into this container.


Rather than replace the sidewalks that were cracked, and to replace or re-patch the old driveway, a “green solution” was called for.  One row of the "double row" of sidewalks was removed entirely.  Sidewalk areas that were in need of replacement were replaced.  The old driveway was removed entirely and the curb was replaced.  


Collaborators include:  Confluence Academy South City Campus, the building occupant;   St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, the owner of the property; Residents on Providence Place; St. Louis City Alderwoman Cara Spencer; and Holloran Contracting who did the sidewalk removal and replacement.  


The project included:  removal of 325 feet of concrete sidewalk and driveway, which is an entire City block; placement of 20,000 lbs of topsoil;  replacement of 35 feet of sidewalk area and curb where the driveway used to be;  and 2 truckloads of mulch.  20 trees will be planted in Spring 2018, which will create a “boulevard” or “canopy” of trees for those walking on the sidewalk.  The City of St. Louis has this included as a featured project for sustainability, and the Confluence Academy has done an article about it as well.


Terry Hammer, the owner of St. Louis-based, provided the funding for this project and will handle the ongoing maintenance and planting that will be needed.

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Movie Production Companies are turning to to furnish real, genuine license plates.  Actor Josh Hutcherson, highly acclaimed for his role in Hunger Games, is pictured here holding a license plate that is being used in the upcoming thriller movie "Burn".  The use of old license plates has increased as HD technology has shown the use of real license plates enhances the movie experience.  The use of "prop plates" that worked with old camera technology isn't compatible with HD cameras.


Actor Josh Hutcherson's profile is here:
More about the movie Burn is here:
Cannes first look at the movie Burn:
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Terry Hammer announces donation of baby grand piano to Pianos For People

Terry Hammer, Proprietor of ShopLicensePlates, is pleased to announce the donation of a baby grand piano to the St. Louis based Pianos for People, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing both free pianos and lessons to worthy students who may be disadvantaged.

Terry also wanted to express his gratitude to City of St. Louis 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer who was crucial to making this donation a reality.  Terry noted that he feels so lucky and fortunate to have Cara Spencer as his Alderwoman.  Cara has been so proactive and engaged in making the City of St. Louis a better place to work, live, and play.

Please see the related article in the Riverfront Times.

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ShopLicensePlates now accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American Express online payments

Secure online credit card payment options enhanced.
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2018 ILLINOIS Base license plate already getting revisions

After a lot of discussion, the State of Illinois issued its new Illinois base plate design for 2018.  These started hitting the streets this year.  A picture of what they selected is below:


The State of Illinois is already needing to make revisions to its new base license plate because of law enforcement complaints.  The new Illinois license plate and the design issues that they've experienced is related to readability.

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Missouri changes mind on new base plate design for 2019

After much deliberation, the State of Missouri has decided on a new license plate design that will hit the streets in January 2019.  A picture of what they've selected is below:


Originally, in October 2016, the license plate design that Missouri was considering is below:

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