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    VARIATIONS
    1906:     Front and rear have different designs.
     
    1909:     Type 1 - Porcelain, far slots      1 -  693  (693 S)
              Type 2 - Porcelain, near slots   703 -  845  (143 S)
              Type 3 - Cardboard              1023 - 1100   (78 S)

    1911:     1-3-digits have thinner "LICENSE" than 4-digits.
             (Verify 1912, JULY 1914)

    1914/15,  1-4-digits have 1 1/4" wide bands, tall legends;
    1915/16:  5-digits have 1" wide bands, short legends.

    1915/16:  Type 1 - Sunken numbers      1 - 3045, 6093 - 16455
              Type 2 - Raised numbers   3764 - 5241           (1,478 P)
              Dated "1913-14"          13011

    1916/17:  20000-29999 may have longer size, thinner bands or
              thinner digits.
     
    1922:     Type 1 - Crude dies          1 - 86487
              Type 2 - Fine 1921 dies  92264 - 95727          (3,464 P)

    1926-29:  1-4-digits read "WEST VA." instead of "WEST VIRGINIA".

    1935/36:  Type 1 - No bottom slots        1 -   7-507
              Type 2 - 2 bottom slots    11-499 - 219-171   (207,673 P)

    1936/37:  Straight "7" in number (1937/38  72-845 has straight "7",
              77-807 has crooked last "7" only, 1938/39 has crooked "7").

    1940/41:  #1 has flanking hyphens.
              Type 1 - No painted border         1 - 239-650
              Type 2 - Painted border      253-452 - 257-311  (3,860 P)
     
    1946:     Black/White cardboard temporary #250-006 seen, issued when
              steel plates ran out (238-696 highest steel seen).
             (Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 5/10/1946)

    1949:     Type 1 - Tall 1934-48 dies         1 - 298-789
              Type 2 - Short 1950-56 dies  302-306 - 311-459  (9,154 S)

    1950-51:  4-5-digits have long dash instead of hyphen.

    1952-56:  4-digits have no dash;  5-digits as 1950-51.

    1957-70:  4-digits have no hyphen.

    1960:     Type 1 - Aluminum, bolt holes      1 - 368-562
              Type 2 - Steel, bolt slots   373-949 - 428-822 (54,874 S)
              Type 1a                      434-342 - 472-618 (38,277 S)

    1961:     Type 1 - Embossed aluminum, non-reflective, dark red
                                                 1 -  73-839
              Type 2 - As Type 1, but light red
                                            78-121 - 140-913 (62,793 S)
              Type 3 - Debossed aluminum, reflective
                                           142-648 - 190-051 (47,404 S)
              Type 4 - Debossed steel, reflective
                                           191-754 - 478-154(286,401 S)

    (According to an article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on June 19,
     1960, the last embossed plate was 141-826 while the first debossed
     reflective plate was 141-827.)
     
    1962:     Type 1 - Bolt holes           1 - 133-896     (133,896 S)
              Type 2 - Blot slots     135-223 - 154-847      (19,625 S)
              Type 1a                 164-864 - 193-862      (28,999 S)
              Type 2a                 200-304 -
              Type 1b                 203-899 - 204-860         (962 S)
              Type 2b                 205-358 - 249-767      (44,410 S)
              Type 1c                 252-491 - 487-575     (235,085 S)
                              (TOTAL TYPE 1 - 398,942, TYPE 2 - 64,036)

    1998-2016:  Full year date in block same colors as sticker, except
                2003 is in black/orange block.  "www.callwva.com" added
                on 2002-06 plates, dropped again on 2007 plates.
                Late 2001 stickers have blue serial, not black.
                JAN to MAY 2002 stickered with non-serial-number
                sticker.  MAY to DEC 2002 issued dated 2002 plates.
                Some OCT to DEC 2006 backdated from 2007.