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1911: Gillies Family, Carleton Place

With motor vehicle registrations skyrocketing, the province began to issue annual plates for the first time in 1911. The plates were a striking cobalt blue porcelain plate from the McClary Stove Company of London, ON. This was also the only year Ontario made porcelain plates as they were prone to chipping and didn’t fare well given the state of roads back then. These plates were similar to the porcelain plates issued by Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia during this era. Three distinctive types were issued in 1911: Passenger, Dealer and Motorcycle. 

All passenger and dealer plates featured a uniform size despite character length. Spacing for shorter plate numbers varied. Speculation is #150 pictured below may have been a late year replacement plate based on the 4 and 5 character machine tooling set up. There are also variations in the blue background in terms of slight shading differences. This is most likely due to a batch manufacturing process.

Passenger Plates Known: 181

YearPlate NumberOriginal RegistrationCurrent OwnershipDetailsPicture
19111Harry E. Corey, Petrolia, OntKnown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Eric Taylor
191134H. C. Wilcox, 232 Herkimer Street, Hamilton, OntEric Vettoretti CollectionWilcox family of Hamilton were founders of Stelco.
1911145R. B. Holden, 35 Hawthorne Avenue, TorontoJohn Powers CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1911150T. Eaton Company, Limited, TorontoKnown Private CollectionImage courtesy of owner
1911163M. Langmuir, Bloor and Huron Streets, TorontoJon Upton CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1911197S. Lubelsky, 168 Crawford Street, TorontoMike Franks CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook
1911363Wm. Dobie, King and Duncan Streets, TorontoJoe Sallmen CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
1911382R. S. Wilson, Spadina Avenue, TorontoAndrew Bognar CollectionImage courtesy of Andrew Bognar.
1911503G. R. Larkin, 11 Elm Avenue, Toronto, ONBob Vandersluis CollectionImage courtesy of Bob Vandersluis
1911670Bank of Hamilton, Hamilton, OntShackleton AuctionsListed for sale August 2017. Image courtesy of Jon Upton.
1911789A. H. Clynick, 144 Dundas, Woodstock, OntPaul Frater CollectionSome paint touch-up
1911906No record.Mike Inglis CollectionImage courtesy of Mike Inglis. This is a professionally restored plate of the same number. Verified 906 prior and the reverse is still original.
1911945Dr. R. J. Carson, 12 Colborne Street, Orillia, OntIan Hayhurst CollectionImage courtesy of Ian Hayhurst.
19111031R. T. Coady, City Hall, TorontoUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Mike Franks
19111091A. Ronald, Minesing, OntEric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
19111112E. Agur, Brownville, OntThomas Zimmerman CollectionImage courtesy of Thomas Zimmerman
19111138Dr. Morgan, 817 Landsdowne Avenue, TorontoBob Erb CollectionPair. Listed at Miller & Miller Auctions Nov 2017
19111146Frank A. Wilson, St. Catharines, OntUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19111179John Lumsden, 28 Charles Street, Ottawa, OntFor sale Jan 2019 at Miller & Miller AuctionsPair. Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions
19111189Edward I. Tarlton, Alexandria, Ont.Currently attached to a 1911 Ford owned by Marc Lalonde of Alexandria, ONPair. Image courtesy of Marc Lalonde
19111226Robt. C. Meeke, R. F. D. No 1, Fingal, OntUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2015. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19111408Ezra Neff, Port Colborne, OntSold in 2012 by Dave Steckley
19111418Wm. McAdie, Oshawa, OntSwigart Museum CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19111723A. J. Barber, Weston, OntChris Paulsen CollectionImage courtesy of Chris Paulsen
19111779E. J. Getty, Galt, OntUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jim Becksted. Formerly part of Plunkett collection.
19111780S. A. Vancott, Ameliasburg, ONHathways Family CollectionImage in ALPCA archives, date unknown; current whereabouts unknown.
19111901No recordUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Shackelton auction 2009.
19111920No recordJerry Woodhead CollectionInternet Image
19112391No recordEric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Eric Taylor
19112391No recordJerry Tirrell CollectionImage courtesy of Jerry Tirrell.
19112511No recordUnknown Private CollectionFor sale on ebay Feb 2019.
19112755No recordUnknown Private CollectionOffered for sale on Facebook, Nov 2017.
19112852No recordUnknown Private CollectionLicense Plate Collectors Facebook group Nov 2019.
19112907No recordFor sale on ebay Oct 2018.Image courtesy of eBay
19112928No recordEric Taylor CollectionPair. Image courtesy of Eric Taylor
19113426No recordUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2009. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19113479No recordKrystian Kozinski Collection
19113567No recordUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Worthpoint
19113612No recordUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2008. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19113618No recordNeale Hankins CollectionImage courtesy of Neale Hankins
19113668No recordUnknown Private CollectionFor sale 2019 Dan Morphy Auctions
19113822No recordOn display at Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe Ontario.Internet image
19113861No recordUnknown Private CollectionInternet Image from worldlicenseplates.com
19113877No recordUnknown CollectionImage in ALPCA archives, date unknown; current whereabouts unknown.
19114438No recordDon Goodfellow CollectionPair; located in France in 2005; now back in Ontario.
19114660No recordUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2011. Image courtesy of Worthpoint.
19114688No recordUnknown Private CollectionSold on etsy in 2014.
19114872No recordMarty Robillard CollectionSome paint touch-up. Photo courtesy of Marty Robillard.
19114888No record
19114930No recordTim Brilz CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19114984No recordKelly Wilson CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook
19115100J. S. Bucklin, 638 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, OntTerry Ellsworth CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19115163John Dunn, 110 Givens Street, TorontoUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2011. Image courtesy of Worthpoint.
19115167A. M. Mosley, Division Street, Welland, OntShane Davidson CollectionImage courtesy of Shane Davidson
19115352No recordUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Photographed at St. Catharines meet 2005.
19115380No recordKevin Englehart CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook
19115458A. Stoner, Fernhill, OntUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Worthpoint
19115458A. Stoner, Fernhill, OntUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2016. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19115487M. Langmuir, 350 Bloor Street W., TorontoUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2015. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19115594Dr. C. E. Spence, Fort William, OntUnknown Private CollectionFor sale on Kijiji, June 2018.
19115617Dr. W. A. Fish, 685 Queen Street E., Toronto, ONTim Brilz CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook
19115737C. D. Burdick, 196 King Street, London, OntListed on ebay Nov. 2018.Image courtesy of ebay.
19115828Geo. A. Beaumont, 937 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ONFor sale March 2019, Miller and Miller AuctionsImage courtesy of Miller and Miller Auctions
19115872E.G. Fitzgerald, 83 St. Joseph Street, TorontoJeff Francis CollectionImage courtesy of Keith Murphy
19115925F. E. Heckadon, Sherkston, OntJamie Holmes CollectionPair; affixed to Jamie's 1911 Cadillac.
19116134R. F. Greene & Co., 598 Youge Street, TorontoUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2017.
19116149F. J. Sabine, 62 Brock Avenue, TorontoUnknown Private CollectionMounted on 1911 car at show in 2013. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19116200A. C. Dafoe, Foxboro, OntSolmes familyPair. For sale at Stirling Flea Market 2017.
19116201J. D. Forsyth, Mona, OntUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Worthpoint.
19116352Wm. Vallance, Jr., care of Wood Vallance Co., Hamilton, OntWilson FamilyFormerly part of Ernie Wilson's collection. Image courtesy of Wilson family.
19116356L. O. Buist, 93 Emerald Street, Hamilton, OntMichael Botterill CollectionImage courtesy of Michael Botterill
19116496Chas. Cuthbert, Beachville, OntUnknown Private CollectionPictured, cover Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19116644Everet D. Moss, Lyons P.O., OntUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19116664D. W. Faulkner, Foxboro, OntUnknown Private CollectionPair. Sold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19116717D. W. Douglas, Campbellford, OntAffixed to 1911 antique car in Campden, OntarioImage courtesy Wayne Edward
19116788Alfred B. Morine, 546 Sherbourne Street, TorontoJim Becksted CollectionImage courtesy of Jim Becksted.
19116798Dr. J. Dow, 175 St. Johns Road, Toronto, ONBrian Woodard CollectionImage courtesy of Brian Woodard
19116944O'Donald, T. J., 30 92nd Street, Chicago, IllinoisUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Sold at Lee Roy Hartung auction in 2011, current whereabouts unknown.
19116951Nash, W.F., 114 Euclid Avenue, Detroit, MichiganUnknown Private CollectionPictured, pg 11 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19116971T. Eaton Co. Limited, 190 Yonge Street, TorontoGreg Stewart CollectionImage courtesy of Greg Stewart. Registry indicates it was on Eaton corporate car.
19116982No recordAlan Bones CollectionImage courtesy of Alan Bones.
19117002E. H. Flock, St. Thomas, OntPaul Cafarella CollectionImage courtesy of Paul Cafarella
19117009F. Fisher, Brown's Corners, OntarioUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jim Schroeder.
19117027John Chapman, Sr., Strathroy, OntUnknown Private CollectionPair; sold at Aubrey's Antiques (Ottawa) in 2015, current whereabouts unknown.
19117119J. H. Spence, cor. Park Avenue & Victoria Street, Brantford, OntUnknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton.
19117176Allan Wager, Napanee, OntDerrick Andersen Collection
19117355S. B. Gearing, Picton, OntDave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley
19117357G. E. Boulter, Picton, Ont
19117452W. S. Kelly, Bridgeworth, OntStapley & Sons Auto Body Campbellford, ON.Aired on Canadian Pickers mounted to a 1911 Ford Model T in 2013. Image courtesy of Jim Becksted.
19117474Hugh Blain, 42 Clarendon Avenue, TorontoTimothy O'Conner CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
19117819No record (late year registration)Murray McIntosh Collection
19117888No record (late year registration)Canadian Automotive Museum OshawaImage courtesy of Jim Becksted
19117891No record (late year registration)Derrick Andersen CollectionImage courtesy of Derrick Andersen
19118037No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2015. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19118053No record (late year registration)Louis Balogh estate. Listed on Shackleton Auctions Dec 2018.Image courtesy of Shackleton Auctions
19118074No record (late year registration)Jon Upton CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton
19118114No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2010. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19118188No record (late year registration)Adam J. CollectionImage courtesy of Adam J. Purchased at the Christie Antique Show 2018.
19118328No record (late year registration)John Harris CollectionImage courtesy of John Harris
19118366No record (late year registration)Jim Schroeder collection; for sale Oct 2018.Image courtesy of Jim Schroeder.
19118432No record (late year registration)Jackson Peters CollectionImage courtesy of CBC Sudbury
19118480No record (late year registration)John Lynn Bell CollectionInternet Image
19118531No record (late year registration)Bill Thoman CollectionPair; image courtesy of Bill Thoman
19118543No record (late year registration)For sale at Shackleton Auctions, March 2020Image courtesy of Shackleton Auctions
19118567No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionPair (second plate not pictured). Sold on ebay in 2013. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19118612No record (late year registration)William Loftus CollectionImage courtesy of William Loftus. Also pictured, pg 80 Ontario License Plates – A Century of History by (Sallmen)
19118612No record (late year registration)Norm Ratcliffe CollectionImage courtesy of Norm Ratcliffe
19118639No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionFor sale at Miller & Miller Auctions in 2018.
19118690No record (late year registration)Todd McGuire CollectionSold on eBay, Dec 2017.
19118838No record (late year registration)Sold in 2012 by Dave Steckley
19118878No record (late year registration)For sale at Yesterday's Treasure Market in Calmar Alberta (Jan 2020).Image courtesy of Mike Franks
19118941No record (late year registration)Terry Ellsworth CollectionImage courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19118981No record (late year registration)Andy Shone Collection
19119018No record (late year registration)John Rubick CollectionImage courtesy of Don Goodfellow
19119134No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionInternet Image from 2013
19119265No record (late year registration)Rob Jamieson collectionImage courtesy of owner
19119385No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Murray Mutch
19119592No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2008. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
19119659No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton. Photographed at St. Catharines meet 2006.
19119986No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Jon Upton.
191110008No record (late year registration)Kevin Inglis CollectionPair. Image courtesy of Facebook.
191110069No record (late year registration)Pictured in the December 1984 ALPCA NewsletterImage courtesy of ALPCA
191110126No record (late year registration)Ross McTavish CollectionImage courtesy of Ross McTavish
191110131No record (late year registration)
191110198No record (late year registration)Keith Murphy Collection.
191110265No record (late year registration)Known Private CollectionImage courtesy of Thomas Zimmerman
191110379No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
191110380No record (late year registration)For sale July 2018 by Will LoftusImage courtesy of ebay.
191110489No record (late year registration)Mike De VougeImage courtesy of Mike De Vouge
191110489No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2009. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
191110496No record (late year registration)For sale by Jay Patzer Dec 2019 - formerly Greg Stewart CollectionPair. Image courtesy of Fabebook
191110498No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2006. Image courtesy of Worthpoint.
191110508No record (late year registration)ebay ID: "13redracer", Oakfield, New YorkSelling on ebay, Dec 2017.
191110690No record (late year registration)Known Private CollectionPair. Image courtesy of Jon Upton. Photographed at St. Catharines meet 2009.
191110701No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2009. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
191110752No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2012. Image courtesy of Worthpoint
191110832No record (late year registration)Murray Mutch CollectionImage courtesy of Murray Mutch
191110905No record (late year registration)Martine Stonehouse Collection
191110998No record (late year registration)MTO ArchivesImage courtesy of Jim Becksted (2000).
191111016No record (late year registration)Ernie Trimble CollectionImage courtesy of James Armstrong
191111025No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionPair. Image courtesy of Manny Jacob (likely from ebay).
191111030No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionPair; image courtesy of Jon Upton
191111031No record (late year registration)Jon Upton CollectionPair; image courtesy of Jon Upton
191111032No record (late year registration)Pictured in Bruce Lobay's Canadian plates pocket book.Image courtesy of ALPCA archives.
191111034No record (late year registration)Corb Moister Jr. Collection; formerly Conrad Hughson.Image courtesy of Corb Moister Jr.
191111035No record (late year registration)Kevin Inglis CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
191111036No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley taken at 1975 Ontario meet.
191111039No record (late year registration)Eric Tanner Collection
191111043No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of Mike Franks
191111046No record (late year registration)Jon Upton CollectionPair.
191111047No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold at George Saunders auction in 2016, current whereabouts unknown.
191111047No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionFor sale at Gerber Auctions - 2018.
191111049No record (late year registration)Glenn Baechler CollectionPictured in Old Autos magazine; intended for YOM use with a 1911 Ford Torpedo. Image courtesy of Jon Upton.
191111059No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionPair. Sold on ebay in 2008. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
191111131No record (late year registration)Brian Woodard CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
191111161No record (late year registration)Dave Steckley CollectionImage courtesy of Dave Steckley
191111170No record (late year registration)Kevin Inglis CollectionImage courtesy of Facebook.
191111221No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionFor sale at Miller & Miller Auctions in 2018.
191111249No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2014. Image courtesy of Terry Ellsworth
191111267No record (late year registration)Adam Bari CollectionImage courtesy of Adam Bari
191111354No record (late year registration)Joe Romanowski CollectionImage courtesy of Bill Thoman
191111380No record (late year registration)For sale on Kijiji Hamilton, January 2020Image courtesy of Kijiji.
191111386No record (late year registration)For sale on Kijiji Hamilton, January 2020Image courtesy of Kijiji.

Thus far only seven 1911 dealer plates have survived, two being a matched pair (M.T.S.). According to Ministry records, a total of 81 pairs were issued to dealers that year. Letter combinations were based on the dealer/manufacturer’s choosing. The number of plate characters ranged from 1 to 4, most if not all containing a period after each initial (ie: “V.” or “H.U.P.P.”). Some special characters was also used such as the “&” and “Co.” symbols (ie: “G. & S.” or “N.A. Co.”).

Dealer Plates Known: 7

YearPlate NumberOriginal RegistrationCurrent OwnershipDetailsPicture
1911A.D.MAbott Detroit Motor Co. of Canada, 653 College Street, Toronto, OntUnknown Private CollectionSold Nov 2019 at Kelso & Company Auctioneers, Guelph, ON
1911E.M.F.E. M. F Co. of Canada, Toronto and Walkerville, OntEric Vettoretti CollectionInitials stood for Everitt, Metzger, Flanders Motor Company. EMF was taken over by Studebaker from 1910-1913. The plate was found buried in the back lot of the original factory in 2005.
1911M.T.S.No record (late year registration)Patterson FamilyPair. Unknown origins of the initials MTS. Image courtesy of Eric Taylor and Terry Ellsworth
1911R.G.REO Garage, St. Catharines, OntUnknown Private CollectionSubmission in 1983 ALPCA Register Magazine (owned by a non-member).
1911S.A.T.No record (late year registration)Known Private CollectionUnknown origins of the initials SAT. Image courtesy of Jon Upton and John Powers.
1911W.McLaughlin Motor Car Co., Ltd., Oshawa, Toronto, Hamilton, London, OntEric Taylor CollectionPartially restored. Image courtesy of Eric Taylor.
1911: “V” Dealer plate. This pair was registered to “The Motor House”, located at 45 Saint Vincent Street, Toronto. The letter was likely chosen due to the street name it was located on. Image courtesy of Eric Taylor.

Motorcycle plates were essentially miniature versions of the passenger/dealer plates. They were issued as singles. To date, six surviving porcelain motorcycle plates have been found.

Motorcycle Plates Known: 7

YearPlate NumberOriginal RegistrationCurrent OwnershipDetailsPicture
1911256No recordUnknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2017.
1911369Montague M. Smith, c-o The Molsons Bank, Simcoe, OntGordon Kapelus CollectionOnline auction house, image from 2017.
1911553No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of porcelainplates.net
1911609No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionImage courtesy of contributor
1911626No record (late year registration)Eric Vettoretti CollectionDiscovered in 2020.
1911853No record (late year registration)Unknown Private CollectionSold on ebay in 2017.
1911854No record (late year registration)Eric Taylor CollectionImage courtesy of Eric Taylor

Listed below are all the known replica porcelain plates. Most are hand-painted steel. 

Replica Plates Known: 12

YearPlate NumberOwnershipDetailsPicture
1911 Replica555Don Goodfellow CollectionShown at 2017 Grimsby Meet
1911 Replica1100Solmes familyPair. For sale at Stirling Flea Market in 2017.
1911 Replica1242Unknown CollectionSold on ebay Nov 2018.
1911 Replica1932ebay handle "lulalake01"For sale on eBay April 2020. Rough painted edges on front, reverse painted white. Tell-tail porcelain dry rack marks are notably absent.
1911 Replica3192ebay handle "martin50k03"For sale on eBay August 2020. Same batch of fakes as #9231's below. Numbers almost look debossed. Major red flag is the reverse is painted white. Tell-tail porcelain dry rack marks and blue cobalt over-spill are notably absent.
1911 Replica3356For sale Shackleton Auctions, March 2020.Image courtesy of Shackleton Auctions. The plate is also pictured in the ALPCA archives as a fake plate.
1911 Replica3556Jon Upton CollectionPhoto courtesy of Jon Upton. Painted steel.
1911 Replica6356Brian Woodard Collection.
1911 Replica9231ebay handle "blue.ridge02"For sale on eBay Jan 2020. Numbers almost look debossed. Major red flag is the reverse is painted white. Tell-tail porcelain dry rack marks and blue cobalt over-spill are notably absent.
1911 Replica9231ebay handle "blue.ridge02"For sale on eBay July 2020. Different from plate above as surface rust has been added to try and give more authentic illusion. Numbers almost look debossed. Major red flag is the reverse is painted white. Tell-tail porcelain dry rack marks and blue cobalt over-spill are notably absent.
1911 Replica10131Ross McTavish CollectionSeen at the 2019 Grimsby Meet. Produced by original manufacturer in 1959 to match 10131 survivor above. Plate was made on the same line as the original plates.