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Ontario license plates made from 1905 to 1910 were the second issue after the leather plates. The rubber plates were made by Gutta Percha & Rubber Ltd. (est in 1883). The factory and headquarters were located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gutta-percha is a name for a type of tree that has a sap that latex rubber can be produced from. In addition to manufacturing and selling tires, the operation produced and distributed a full line of rubber goods across Canada – including license plates.

Brass grommets were used for all the mounting holes and are more or less consistent on all plates. Some plates have beveled 45 degree corners and others have traditional square corners. Some plates have also been found with the Gutta Percha Rubber Ltd corporate seal embossed on the reverse. This is likely due to the plates being cut from a larger sheet of rubber with one seal on the larger piece, which randomly presents itself on a few plates within a given batch.

Passenger Plates Known: 69

YearPlate NumberOriginal RegistrationCurrent OwnershipDetailsPicture
1905-066Foy, James, Church Street, TorontoUnknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 47 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1905-06116Neff, A.H. Benton, HumberstoneDave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley. Also pictured, pg 10 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1905-06126Durnford, Mrs. Isabella C., SarniaKnown Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
1905-06145Lick, Jerry, OshawaDennis HuronCurrently attached to his 1903 Ford Model A.
1905332No record - likely ceased in 1905.Science and Tech Museum OttawaStill mounted on original 1905 Buick.
1905-06476Smith, J. S., St. CatharinesCollingwood Museum CollectionImage courtesy of Collingwood Museum website
1905-06506Millson, A., Solina, OntEric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
1905-06506Millson, A., Solina, OntMounted to 1906 Cadillac K Model owned by Fawcett family of OshawaImage courtesy of Flickr
1905-06571Grobb, F., BrantfordMcLaughlin/Fawcett FamilyMounted on 1905 Ford. Car owned by descendants of McLaughlin Motor Car Company.
1905-06642Jackson, Bros. MapleUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of known collector
1905-06686McMichael, S. W., 101 St. George Street, TorontoMartine Stonehouse CollectionFacebook image. In display frame. Sold in Acton c2010
1905-06711Robbins, J. T., Canfield Joe Sallmen CollectionImage courtesy of Manny Jacob
1905-06777Weltlaufer, Geo., 157 N. Pearl Street, BuffaloSwigart Museum CollectionPair (other plate mounted behind). Image courtesy of Jon Upton
1905-061004Darling, A. C., Petrolia Mike Franks CollectionOriginally registered to AC Darling of Petrolia. Discovered in 2017. Mr. Darling is pictured at the top of this page.
1905-061139O'Connor, Chas. J., Park Street, DundasWilliam Loftus CollectionImage courtesy of William Loftus. Originally registered to Charles O'Connon, Park St., Dundas, ON.
1905-061256Mutton, Frank E., 256 Carlton Street, TorontoUnknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 10 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1905-061283Leadlay, Percival, 21 Elm Avenue, TorontoLarry Becker CollectionImage courtesy of the Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa.
1905-061647No recordKnown Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner.
1905-061707Fisher, G. E., 827 Majestic Building, DetroitUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook. Formerly in the Hayes collection.
1907+1920No records found from 1800 onwards. This point forward, 1907 registrations book (yet to be found)MTO ArchivesImage courtesy of Jim Becksted (2000).
1907+1941For sale at Miller & Miller Auctions Jan 2019Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions
1907+1970Bill McNevan collectionImage courtesy of Bill McNevan
1907+1972Ian Hayhurst CollectionPicture courtesy of Ian Hayhurst.
1907+2234Dave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley
1907+2280Neale Hankins CollectionImage courtesy of Neale Hankins. Formerly part of Hartung collection.
1907+2357Krystian Kozinski CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook
1907+2427Brian Woodard Collection
1907+2561Unknown Private CollectionPair, posted for sale on ebay 2017.
1907+2694Unknown Private CollectionPictured on auction house website.
1907+3399Unknown Private CollectionInternet image
1907+3883
1907+3921Jon Upton Collection, formerly Patterson Collection.Pair. Single also pictured, pg 11 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1907+3955Murray Mutch Collection
1907+4160Eric Vettoretti CollectionPictured on cover of Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1907+4242Murray Mutch CollectionWhite wall material missing within number area. Lower picture is the reverse side. Speculation is possible lack of reciprocity caused owner to paint neighbouring prov/state registration on back to save mounting two plates.
1907+4355Unknown Private Collection, formerly Plunkett Collection.Image courtesy of Dave Steckley taken at 1975 Ontario meet.
1907+4455Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Manny Jacob (likely from ebay)
1907+4480Unknown Private Collection. Pair, currently attached to an original 1907 Ford Model N.Image courtesy of Fawcette Motor Carriage.
1907+4610Norm Ratcliffe CollectionImage courtesy of Norm Ratcliffe
1907+4726Sold at Miller and Miller Auctions Dec 2019Image courtesy of Miller and Miller Auctions
1907+4763Swigart Museum CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1907+4871Eric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
1907+5299Krystian Kozinski CollectionPair; image courtesy of Joe Sallmen
1907+5523Don Goodfellow CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1907+5535Bill McNevan collectionReverse side contains a Gutta-Percha embossed seal. Image courtesy of Bill McNevan
1907+5813Unknown Private Collection, formerly Plunkett Collection.Image courtesy of Dave Steckley taken at 1975 Ontario meet.
1907+6131Unknown Private CollectionPair.
1907+6252Swigart Museum CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1907+6642Alan Bones CollectionImage courtesy of Alan Bones. Also pictured, pg 80 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
1907+6916On display at Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe Ontario.Internet Image
1907+7097Mike De Vouge CollectionImage courtesy of Mike De Vouge
1907+7264Mrs. E. S. Moore, Greensburg, PAJoe Sallmen CollectionImage courtesy of Joe Sallmen
1907+7719Seen at a Hamilton area flea marketImage courtesy of Dave Colonna
19108656MTO ArchivesLowest surviving 1910 issue as of this writing. Image courtesy of Jim Becksted (2000).
19108952Unknown Private CollectionPair; sold on ebay in 2013. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19109211Eric Taylor Collection
19109215Unknown Private Collection For sale at Miller & Miller Auctions Jan 2019. Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions. Only known pair of 1910's.
19109221Unknown Private Collection
19109326Unknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 11 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19109395Eric Vettoretti CollectionOriginally from Hamilton CAA office display.
19109452Dave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley
19109453Tim O'Connor collectionImage courtesy of Europlate. Lower portion has been rebuilt post manufacture.
19109738Jon Upton CollectionHighest confirmed 1910 issue. Image courtesy of the back-bumper.ca

To date, no surviving rubber dealer plates have been found. Only the registry books together with the two photographs below are concrete evidence that they did in fact exist. It is also unknown whether or not any “white bar” dealer plates were made in 1910.

Dealer Plates Known: 0

Motorcycle plates were first issued on April 30, 1907 according to Ministry records. To date, three surviving rubber motorcycle plates have been found. In terms of construction, they had a leather backing, rubber front with a white inlay for the numbers – similar to the passenger plates. Both parts were sandwiched together and crimped with a metal frame around the border.

Motorcycle Plates Known: 3

YearPlate NumberOriginal Registration Current OwnershipDetailsPicture
1908260Walter H. Gurd, 185 Dundas St., London, ONUnknown Private CollectionFor sale at Miller & Miller Auctions Jan 2019. Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions.
1908293No RecordUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2011 from Plunkett collection. Ebay Image.
1910413No RecordKnown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth - 2013. Also pictured, pg 41 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)

Listed below are all the known fake rubber plates – both motorcycle and passenger. Most seem to be made from fiberboard. 

Fake Plates Known: 10

YearPlate NumberOwnershipDetailsPicture
1905 Replica Motorcycle14David Steckley CollectionSingle ply of rubber, white numbers painted on.
1905 Replica Motorcycle22Eric Vettoretti CollectionTwo-ply rubber with white cloth in between; numbers cut out of first ply to expose white cloth.
1905 Replica448Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth. "Ontario" never appeared on low numbered plates.
1905 Replica844Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
1905 Replica1441Unknown Private CollectionFormerly in the Hayes collection, current whereabouts unknown.
1905 Replica1908Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Barrie Flea Market
1910 Replica5658Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1910 Replica8565Unknown Private CollectionSold at Warren Hasting's Auction in 1996. Current whereabouts unknown.
1910 Replica8565Gary Edwards CollectionDifferent from above since no "Ontario". Fiberboard.
1910 Replica9438Gary Edwards CollectionFiberboard.